York College President Marcia V. Keizs, elected officials and dignitaries will participate in the official ribbon cutting of the College’s Child and Family Center, Friday, November 13, 2009, at 11 a.m., 94-12 160th St. (between Liberty and Archer Avenues), in Jamaica, Queens. The York College Child and Family Center was designed to meet the need for an affordable, flexible early care and education program for children of York College student parents. Low-income student parents with children enrolled in the Center are supported with priority in registration and subsidies for child care fees.
The Center is on the site of St. Monica’s Catholic Church which was erected in 1856 and closed in 1973. The church was abandoned for 21 years and finally collapsed, except for the façade and bell tower, during a torrential rainstorm in 1998. The brick façade and bell tower have been restored and incorporated into the steel and glass building financed by $5 million in capital construction funds allocated to The City University of New York and York College by the New York State Legislature. In 1979, the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission designated the church a historical landmark.
Children can be enrolled in three program components – infant/toddler, preschool and school age – and assigned to the eight classrooms by age and developmental level. The Center is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. Flexible scheduling is offered to student parents using their class schedules as a basis for their child’s enrollment. The professional staff of certified teachers, assistant teachers and aides offers an early childhood education program in a homelike, multicultural environment. Developmentally appropriate activities, which stimulate children’s intellectual and creative abilities, enhance motor development and contribute to the acquisition of social skills, are the foundation of the curriculum.