CCCC addresses students’ need for childcare center

Nov 3rd, 2011 | By | Category: 23-2: Climate Commitment, Tribal College News
CCCC CHILD CARE FACILITY

SACRED CHILD. A new childcare center at CCCC focuses on education and development for children. Children of tribal college students get the highest priority.

The Wakanheza Oti (Sacred Children’s Place) child care facility opened in August 2011 at Cankdeska Cikanana Community College (CCCC, Fort Totten, ND). This new center was designed with students and staff in mind. Students can make a single stop before heading off to classes. The facility also provides a resource for early childhood students to make firsthand observations for their course studies. Eventually, the goal is to offer internships to students in early childhood degree programs.

The idea for the center came from students, who said childcare issues are one of the main barriers they have for attending classes regularly.

A national company, Bright Horizons, will manage the day care for the first three years. The objective is to train community providers to run it. Bright Horizons emphasizes the education and development of each child. Their approach is Montessorian, which believes a child learns best in a supportive social environment.

Lois Leben, CCCC employee and student, brings her granddaughter to the Sacred Children’s Place. She loves the convenience, she says, but also the beautiful new facility. She especially likes the huge windows that seem to “bring the outdoors inside.”

The center, which serves infants through school age children, gives priority to the children of students and staff of CCCC, but it is also open to the community. With over 11,000 square feet of space, it can serve up to 70 children.

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