|Owens partners with YMCA, JCC to reopen Child Development Center|
|Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff|
|Saturday, 20 July 2013 08:26|
Owens Community College and the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo entered into a partnership giving way to a Child Development Center on the college's Perrysburg Township campus.
The YMCA Child Development Center, under the management of the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, will offer child development program services to children infant through 12 years of age beginning Aug. 12. The YMCA will lease the 13,317-square-foot facility that formerly housed the Owens Community College child care center to operate the new Child Development Center. The agreement also includes the use of 11,098 square feet of outdoor playground space and equipment.
"The YMCA was especially drawn to this location and state-of-the-art facility originally purposed, designed, and built for child care services," said Brad Toft, president and CEO of the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo. He added, "We are excited to offer these vital services in a high-quality, child-centered environment."
"We were very cognizant of the gap that resulted from the college's recent closure of its child care center and worked to transition the center as quickly as possible. Our partnership with the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo is critical and will allow us to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and community members," stated Owens President Dr. Mike Bower.
The YMCA Child Development Center will offer summer programming and longer hours of operation from 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center also will offer before- and after-school care and provide transportation for students enrolled at Lake Local and Rossford Schools. The YMCA has a long-standing reputation of quality programs and services and has been a provider of child care in the greater Toledo area for more than 31 years.
Owens alumna, Pam Sattler, has been chosen to manage the center. She is a 2005 graduate of the Owens Community College Early Childhood Education program and has been working in this capacity at another YMCA Child Development Center location since 2003.
"The Owens Community College Teacher Education Department is pleased to collaborate with the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo and we are very proud to have one of our alumni members (Sattler) serve in this capacity on campus," said Deborah Ciecka, chair, Teacher Education and Human Services. Ciecka added, "The partnership could also provide future opportunities for Owens students to get real-world experience through observation, clinical lab or employment capacities."
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