Lloyd campus CDC officially opens

With one quick snip, the new Child Development Centre at Lakeland College’s Lloydminster campus officially opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Thursday, Oct. 27.

The new CDC has a dual purpose serving as a child care facility and an educational hands-on teaching lab for students at the Lloydminster campus.
Its construction was part of a major campus renovation project valued at a total of $1.7 million that also included construction of new teaching labs for health and wellness programs.

The Government of Canada’s Knowledge Infrastructure program contributed $700,000 towards the construction project.

“Our government has invested in research and training facilities to set the foundation for economic prosperity,” says the Honourable Gary Goodyear, Minister of State (Science and Technology). “The new Child Development Centre not only created jobs for people in Lloydminster, but also provided the infrastructure that will benefit people in this community and Lakeland College for years to come.”

The new CDC at the college’s Lloydminster campus also meets a community need. When the centre first opened its doors to clients and children on August 30, three of its rooms were filled to capacity.

“It is exciting to be able to meet the needs of our Lloydminster community and our students at the Lloydminster campus by providing licensed, subsidized quality child care,” says Pat Wasylik, chair of human services programming at the college. “These young campus residents have livened the hallways of Lakeland and have provided many opportunities for observational learning for students in programs that relate to children.”

The new CDC has the capacity to accommodate up to 40 children aged 12 months to five years. It has 337m2 of total space and includes a self-contained kitchen, bathrooms, play and craft area, as well as rest areas.

The day-to-day operation of the Lloydminster campus CDC facility is in the hands of nine full-time and part-time staff, six of whom are Lakeland alumni of the early learning and child care program. The centre also has a cook on staff to prepare hot lunches and two nutritious snacks daily for the children.

Construction of the centre began in April 2009.

Photo: Lakeland's Pat Wasylik, Janelle Sittler, Carmen Huculak and Alice Wainwright-Stewart help Reese Robinson cut the ribbon at the Child Development Centre's official opening last week.

(Oct 2011)

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