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Child Development and Family Care Services Facility

Child Development and Family Care Services Facility

Artist's rendering of the New Child Development/Child Care Facility Artist's rendering of the New Child Development/Child Care Facility

Columbia College Opening New Child Development Facility!

Columbia College is proud to open its new Child Development Facility.  It’s been a long journey from vision to design and finally construction but the rewards are great.  The state of the art, healthy spaces provide the backdrop for learning and growth for children and adults alike. The evidence of our success is in the smiles of children and families and the learning and laughter of children and adult students.  A village of 5 buildings, the new center is nestled under existing oaks, manzanita and pines. The complex includes 2 adult classrooms, 2 infant classrooms, 2 toddler classrooms, 2 preschool classrooms with an outdoor learning classroom attached, an office/administration building, and natural playscapes that provide children with an optimal outdoor learning experience. The facility will be LEED certified.

This project has come to be because of local voters who approved a bond measure (Measure E) that slightly increased their local property tax.  The vision of college administrators allowed the Child Development project to be included on the list of bond funded projects.  Once the funding was in place the design phase of the project began.

It was imperative to the users (staff, faculty, and students) that the project be safe, healthy, and inviting for both children and adults.  Kathy Sullivan Child Development Professor, Tiffeny Flies Child Care and Family Services Manager, and Adrienne Seegers Child Development Professor worked closely with the architects Paul Roberts and Partners to plan warm, cozy spaces and state of the art green technology.  The team also worked closely with Yosemite Community College District facilities staff and Kitchell Bond Management staff to be sure that the initial vision was carried out through the construction process.  The true collaboration on the team is what has made the facility a dream come true.

To arrange a tour call (209) 588-5275 or email seegersa@yosemite.edu.

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