by Tiffany Morley
The Virginia Marx Children’s Center at Westchester Community College is a place for children to explore, learn, create, and discover! The Virginia Marx Children’s center received the highest rating from QUALITYstarsNY, which is New York’s quality rating and improvement system with a 5 out of 5-star rating! The Children’s center is licensed by the NYS office of children and family services and has achieved national accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. The center provides a nurturing environment that is safe and healthy. There are extensive opportunities for learning, physical development, culture, art expression, and language development. These offerings are important for the development of young minds and are aligned with research regarding learning and early child development. The center is in it’s 34th year of quality early care and educational programming and enrolls children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. The children’s Center play’s a unique roll at the college. They operate as a demonstration site for students In the Early Childhood curriculum and the Dietetic Technology curriculum. Field students take part in internships under the supervision of the lead teacher. “We view the field students as an integral part of our program. As teachers, we are constantly learning and reviewing practices and ideas in the education field. Having students as a part of our time enhances the work that we do.” (S. Zucker) The children’s Center was awarded an $800,000 CCAMPIS (Child Care Access Means Parents in School) Federal Grant over a 4-year period. The grant helps student-parents pay for childcare tuition and supports the student-parents as they attain their goals.
Personal Testimony: The Virginia Marx Children’s Center has made my life as a working parent much easier. I’m able to attend my classes without problem, maintain a 4.0 GPA, be a part of WCC organizations, and have time to study. This is possible because of the Children’s Center. The staff is truly here for you and your child and puts tremendous effort into the growth of your child. My daughter looks forward to coming to the Center on days I have classes. I can be at ease knowing my daughter is on campus and I can be to her quickly if needed. She is safe at the center, and I wouldn’t be able to thrive at school so stress-free without The Virginia Marx Center.