Child Development Center Provides Parents Tools

Story By: Jeannie Batey

Big things are happening at the Child Development Center at Fresno City College.

On October 4, the center will be hosting a workshop, presented by the teachers and child development faculty members for parents on child play and children’s activities.

The conference will “educate students and parents on early child development,” said the center’s student Aide, Jennifer Carpenter. Breakfast will be provided, and the workshop includes meal planning and activities for parents and children as well as other childhood focused workshops. The event starts at 8:00 a.m., but participants must register in advance.

The center is also restarting its Scholastic Book Club, providing quality books for children as a part of their instructional mentoring. “The books are a tool we use to help families access books outside the center,” said Raquel Ochs, coordinator of the Child Development Center.

The center also raised $1400 for the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s Telethon that was held on campus on September 1. The children had collected pledges from family and friends during the spring in order to contribute to the cause.

The center always provides a place for students taking Child Development classes to do their observation or interaction with the children, a requirement for the courses. It offers childcare services so long as space allows and the option is for students, community members, and staff.

For more information, the Childcare Center at Fresno City College, call (559) 244-2691.