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Continued Programming for the Center for Child Development

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The Center for Child Development is a highly valued center that is in jeopardy due to the financial climate of The University of Akron. This center is run by highly qualified early childhood professionals and they do amazing things for the enrolled children. Here are a few statements that show just how great this center is:

  • The Center uses a research-based STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) curriculum.
  • The center serves as a laboratory school for approximately 400 students per semester. In addition, there are 6 Graduate Assistants through the College of Education, 1 Graduate Assistant through the Child Life program, and 11 UA students on staff.
  • The University students who work at the CCD are engaging in experimental learning and gaining valuable, on-the-job experience under the supervision of highly qualified early childhood educators. 
  • The CCD's head teachers each hold Bachelor's degrees in the field of Education or Child Development. Some have also served as faculty for the university.
  • The CCD has also served as a site for both funded and unfunded research for various departments on campus as well as other universities in the area. In February 2015, Case Western Reserve University conducted a study called The Intersection of Executive Function, Pretense, and Theory of Mind in Childhood.
  • Center is not fully operational with all classrooms not open, this is due to the hiring freeze. The decrease in enrollment does not provide an accurate picture. For the previous 2 months, the center did not lose money. 
  • Summer care at the CCD is offered and a profit-maker for the University. 
  • The CCD provides quality childcare for students, faculty, and the community. Currently, of the 71 children enrolled, 8 belong to University students, 14 belong to University faculty, and 5 belong to University staff. Of the remaining children, 6 belong to alumni families. 
  • The CCD is nationally accredited through the NAEYC.
  • The population of the students reflects the type of diversity the University of Akron takes pride in. Of the children enrolled, 35% are male, 65% are female, 48% are white, 32% are African-American, 12% Asian/Pacific Islander, 1% Hispanic, and 4% other (Middle Eastern).
  • The CCD is an investment in recruitment efforts as it appeals to international students and faculty. International students whose children attend the center while they are in class are concerned they will not be able to stay at the University without childcare and will have to go to another University. 

Hopefully these statements give you a glimpse of what the CCD is all about. Please sign this petition to help the children, who do not have a voice in this situation. Keeping the CCD open will ensure that these children continue to receive the best education they can get. 

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