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The Center for Child Development opened this new facility in November 2010 and serves more than 200 children ranging in age from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The program earned accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children, or NAEYC, the nation’s leading organization of early childhood professionals in September 2010.

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This $3.5-million facility, which opened its doors November 2010, is 32,000 square feet, more than double the size of its former location in K-State’s Jardine Apartment Complex. The new building was designed using current research on what is best for children and early childhood education teachers. A focus is on connecting the indoors and outdoors, with every classroom having a door directly out to their playground. Natural sunlight floods the building to eliminate or minimize the use of fluorescent lighting.

The new center also encourages movement and supports comfort. Each classroom has an open area with vaulted ceilings for more action-oriented activities and movement between the indoors and outdoors, with the other half of each room having lowered ceilings for more structured and quiet activities.