You’ve probably seen women crossing the newly made round-about with wagons or strollers packed with bright-eyed-snack-filled babies/toddlers who are prepared to give anyone that passes, a “hi” and a smile. What most do not realize is there is a Child Care Center and Preschool right across from the main campus, next to Tallent Hall. Being in existence for over 30 years (licensed since 1972), the Child Care Center is a central part of Parkside History. Therefore, it is important for the student body and the community to know that there is a center that provides quality care and education for children ages four weeks all the way up to five years old.
The Parkside Childcare Center and Preschool provides a structured program to each child at each level. Ida Chiappetta, teacher of the Apple Tree room, which is the room for ages 4-5 year olds to prepare them for Kindergarten, wants the student body to know, “That we’re here. We definitely need better awareness around campus about our program. We are a great program which is a fun, safe, nurturing place for children. We are not just a daycare, and we most definitely are not babysitters. Each room does their own academic programming to prepare the children for the next level of growth and development.” An employee since 1996, Miss Ida is a veteran and keeps communication with almost all of the parents and children along with the administrators of the building.
Students should also be aware that the center does employ students. “Key thing: we do employ students so that they may receive hands on experience;” says Patricia Robbins, Administrator and employee of 10 years, “we really want the campus and community to be aware that we are here. This place serves 50% or more students and faculty with children, 20% or more alumni and about 30% of the surrounding community. The community will also be glad to know that we do not have a high turnover rate. Many of our employees have been here for three or more years.”
The faculty would also like to give “Sincere gratitude to the students for continued support through their student segregated fees. Our funds come from the user fees; these fees help manage the budget for the center, helping it thrive.” The Childcare Center is a place that the student body can be proud of. If anyone would like to know more about the center, feel free to look them up on the uwp.edu website, keyword: child care center.
The Childcare Center and Preschool serves:
Ages 4 weeks to 5 years old
7:30 am – 5:00 pm (Monday through Friday)
Block Scheduling 7:30 am – 12:30 pm
12:00 am – 5:00 pm
Story by Sha-Nita Rhea