Written by The Farmingdale Observer Staff Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus.
“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.
Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”
The new center is over 11,000 square feet with rooms for infants, toddlers, and pre-schoolers. The center is designed so that every room provides “teachable moments.” As an example, the lobby is interactive with touchable textures on the walls.
The center also features an outdoor playground, with four separate play areas that are developmentally appropriate, a tee-pee to provide shade and serve as an imaginative play area, a basketball court, a kickball field, a tetherball pole, and a grassy area that can be used as a stage.
The indoor gymnasium has equipment to develop gross motor skills as well as rubber floors to prevent serious injuries. The center also provides a summer camp for children ages 5-12.
For their help in securing $7.5 million in state funding for the facilities, Sen. Charles Fuschillo Jr. (R-Merrick) and Assemblyman Robert Sweeney (D-Lindenhurst) were invited to help cut the ceremonial ribbon, signifying the opening of the new Child Care Center.
“This is another great addition to Farmingdale State College’s campus,” Fuschillo said. “This new, state-of-the-art center will provide quality child care to students, staff, and community members with young children. I am pleased to have helped Farmingdale State College undertake this latest improvement project.”