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Published 5/13/2005

Owens Community College Celebrates Groundbreaking For New Findlay-area Campus Child Care Center, May 18

FINDLAY - Adorned with miniature hard hats and shovels in hand, area children attending Owens Community College's Child Care Center will ceremoniously mark the beginning construction for their new Findlay-area Campus facility by breaking ground and viewing the future site on Wednesday, May 18.

The ceremony will occur at 10:30 a.m. on the child care center's future site at the convergence of Township Road 212 and County Road 18.

"Owens Community College's Child Care Center is devoted to enhancing the lives of children through developmentally appropriate curriculum, which emphasizes learning through play," said Stephanie Davis, Owens Coordinator of the Findlay-area Campus Child Care Center. "Breaking ground for a new Child Care Center is a monumental day for children throughout the Hancock County region. This new facility will enable Owens to provide the latest in innovative child care services for not only our students and employees, but also the surrounding communities."

Owens' Findlay-area Campus has been providing quality child care to the Hancock County region since 1993. The program was created with the overall mission of offering excellence in child care services by providing the latest in innovative teaching and learning methods. Child care services on the Findlay-area Campus are available to children ages 2 ½ to 5 of Owens employees and students, as well as community residents.

In addition, the College's Child Care Center serves as an educational setting for the Early Childhood Education Program. Students enrolled within Early Childhood Education have the opportunity to apply knowledge, obtained within the classroom, in a real-world setting by working with children enrolled at the Child Care Center. Many child care teachers and directors throughout the surrounding communities have begun their instructional careers at the Owens Child Care Center.

The College's new stand-alone child care center will cost $536,761 and include two classrooms specifically intended to encourage learning and nurturing. Each room will consist of a learning center that features computers, math and science, blocks and construction, creative art, woodworking, reading, and writing.

Additionally, the 2,990 square-foot building will include an art studio, a warming kitchen, a lunch room, an office, a children's restroom and an adult restroom. A new outdoor playground area will also be constructed and designed to heighten each child's cognitive learning and physical development. Owens' facility, which will be located south of the new Findlay-area Campus, is expected to open by the beginning of Fall Semester 2005.

Owens Community College is one of the fastest-growing higher educational institutions in Ohio. On the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, Owens serves more than 45,000 credit and non-credit students, making it the number one choice for new college students. Owens is committed to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability. Owens Community College offers over 130 program areas in Agriculture, Business, Fine and Performing Arts, Health, Public Service, Skilled Trades, and Industrial and Engineering Technologies. Owens students also can earn the first two years of a bachelor's degree with a smooth transfer to any area four-year college or university.


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