STLCC Showcases New Child Development Laboratory Center at Forest Park
Tuesday, May 16, 2023
St. Louis Community College has cut the ribbon to celebrate the completion of its new Child Development Laboratory Center on the Forest Park campus.
The Center will serve as on-site childcare for STLCC’s students, faculty and staff, and will also be a teaching laboratory for Child and Family Development students. The 10,000-square-foot space will be used to care for children ages 6 weeks to preschool. It includes a lobby, age-appropriate learning rooms, conference rooms and an outdoor playground.
“Many of our students face barriers with finding quality childcare services which prevents them from continuing their education and completing their degree or certificate,” said Jeff Pittman, Ed.D., chancellor of STLCC. “We encourage students to inquire about this opportunity with their advisor or any Student Services staff at the College. The College also has access to federal funds to assist in covering expenses associated with childcare at this time.”
The exact number of children the Center can enroll will be decided during a final state inspection this summer. Once clarified, staff will begin contacting people who have expressed interest in the services on a first-come, first-served basis. The Center is also available to employees of the Zoo Museum District and the community at large. Students receive priority placement, followed by employees of the College and Zoo Museum District staff.
“The CDLC provides an invaluable option for the entire Forest Park community,” said Julie Fickas, Ed.D., president & chief academic officer at STLCC-Forest Park. “The parents studying on our campus have an opportunity to have their children nearby in a safe and nurturing environment, our employees who use the Center won’t need to worry about rushing home to get their children and the greater community now has a top-of-the-line childcare option.”
Through conversations with STLCC Board of Trustees, students, faculty, staff and the community, it was clear there was a need for childcare. The new facility at Forest Park is modeled after a center at the Florissant Valley campus.
CCAMPIS grants from the Department of Education are available for students who meet the criteria that provide matching funds.