CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (March 27, 2007) -- A grand opening will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, March 30, for the Ross County/Ohio University-Chillicothe Child Development and Family Service Center. The event will allow individuals to tour the facility and will offer an opportunity to recognize some of the donors who made the facility a reality.
The center is located on the Ohio University Chillicothe Campus, near the Shoemaker Center.
Brief remarks will be offered by campaign committee chairman Larry Gates of Chillicothe, Ohio University President Roderick J. McDavis, Ohio University-Chillicothe Dean Richard Bebee and Ohio University Vice President for University Outreach and Regional Campuses Charlie Bird.
The center, which became operational Jan. 2, impacts the quality of life for Ross County residents by providing high quality educational experiences for children and will provide valuable practical experience for Chillicothe Campus students majoring in early childhood education and in the nursing program. The venture offers a classic example of the type of partnership that benefits the campus and the community in a meaningful and long-lasting way.
The center currently serves approximately 100 children on a daily basis and that number is expected to reach 300 students next fall when the facility is fully operational.
Approximately 120 Ohio University-Chillicothe students will eventually have classes in the center, with many participating in state-required student-teaching lab requirements and clinical experiences.
The $3.4 million, 21,000-square-foot facility is debt-free.
Ground was broken for the center Sept. 15, 2005. The facility includes 13 classrooms, 3 small attached playground areas, 5 therapy rooms for children/infants with disabilities, a courtyard, an inside 'town square' commons area, a conference room, a nurse's room, receptionist area, full-service kitchen and 8 small offices.
Agencies utilizing the facility eventually will employ between 60 and 65 individuals.
The center is the result of collaboration between government entities, businesses, foundations and the citizens of south-central Ohio.
Agencies and programs utilizing the center include:
- Ohio University-Chillicothe early childhood education program and OU-C nursing program.
- Ross County Mental Retardation and Development Disability early intervention and pre-school programs.
- Head Start pre-school and early learning initiative programs.
- Ross County Job and Family Services coordinating and referral programs.
- Walnut Street United Methodist Church WeeCare Outreach program for young parents and their infants.
- Chillicothe City School District early childhood education program.
Major funding sources include:
- $1.4 million state construction grant provided to Ross County MRDD Board.
- $1 million provided by Ohio University-Chillicothe.
- Nearly $400,000 in donations and pledges from approximately 60 individuals, businesses and foundations.
- $300,000 in equipment grant provided by the Appalachian Regional Commission.
- $222,000 provided by the Ohio Board of Regents.
- $15,000 start-up allocation from the Ross County United Way for design purposes.
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