(April 15, 2013) -- The UTSA Child Development Center will celebrate 10 years of excellence in early childhood education this week with a special breakfast, open house and dinner for the UTSA community. A breakfast buffet will be at 9 a.m., Wednesday, April 17 at the front patio of the Child Development Center on the Main Campus. An open house and dinner will be from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18 in the Child Development Center. Both events are free and open to family members and UTSA staff and faculty, along with former family clients.
"It's never been more important in our society for early childhood education to be a high priority," said Earlene Gonzales, director of the Child Development Center. "The fact that we've been doing this for 10 years is a testament to UTSA's understanding of the impact that high-quality early childhood education makes as a foundation for lifelong learning, as well as creating support services for their parents at the collegiate level."
The center will commemorate its 10th anniversary with a number of activities coinciding with The Week of the Young Child 2013. The weeklong annual celebration is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The world's largest early childhood education association, NAEYC aims to bring focus to the needs of young children and their early care and education.
Gonzales will open the breakfast with a traditional annual reading of the Week of the Young Child proclamation statement. The breakfast buffet will follow at the center's front patio. At 5:30 p.m., Thursday, April 18, the official celebration of the center's 10th anniversary will continue with an open house, dinner and children's activities.
>> Established in spring 2003, the center provides child care and education services for UTSA students, faculty and staff. To learn more or view the wait list and sign-up information, visit the UTSA Child Development Center website or call 210-458-6364.
UTSA Child Development Center 10th anniversary celebration
Monday, April 15
Handprint decorating of a 10th anniversary banner by children in the center throughout the day in the Gross Motor Room.
Tuesday, April 16, 3-4 p.m.
Music and Movement activity -- Outside the center, families of the children are invited to write a note of appreciation for staff on Teaching Staff and Program Staff Appreciation Day.
Friday, April 19
Parents are encouraged to dress their children in UTSA colors to celebrate the Spirit of UTSA.
Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Parents and children are invited to enjoy free child-centered activities during Kids Day at San Pedro Park.
The UTSA Consortium for Social Transformation; African American Studies Program presents guest speaker Dr. Gaye Theresa Johnson, associate professor of Chicana and Chicano Studies, and African American Studies, University of California at Los Angelesand author of "Spaces of Conflict Sounds of Solidarity: Music, Race, and Spacial Entitlement in Los Angeles" and "Futures of Black Radicalism." The event is free and open to the public.
University Center, Denman Room (UC 2.01.28), Main Campus
Put on drunk goggles and navigate a pedal cart at the U in the Driver Seat Alcohol Awareness event, hosted by UTSA PD and Sigma Lambda Gamma.
Sombrilla Plaza, Main Campus
The UTSA Honors College hosts a sneak CineFestival preview of the documentary Somos Lengua, a new documentary about the Mexican hip hop scene. Jim Mendiola, the CineFestival Director, will screen the movie and present a festival overview.
University Center, Bexar Room (UC 1.102), Main Campus
Grab your friends, family, kids and dog for this annual fun run on the UTSA Main Campus benefititng the UTSA Alumni Association.
Convocation Center, Main Campus
Join the Department of Interdisciplinary Learning and Teaching for the 13th annual Storytelling Festival. The festival will feature keynote speaker Carolina Quiroga-Stultz, a Colombian Storyteller and journalist. This event is free and open to the public.
Main Building, ground floor, Main Campus
The IDS Colloquium showcases the excellent scholarship done by the IDS students in the College of Education and Human Development at UTSA. In addition, this event also honors the legacy of Dr. Marian Martinello.
Business Building, University Room (BB 2.06.04), Main Campus
The Department of Biology and the Be the Match Team will collaborate to engage and educate our students in the importance of a life saving donation through peripheral blood stem cells and a marrow harvest.
UC Paseo and Central Plaza, Main Campus
UTSA welcomes the Italian-born duo Bandini-Chiacchiaretta. They've toured the world performing Argentine Tango music on guitar and bandoneon, the instrument of Astor Piazzolla. Tickets are $10 or free with UTSA Student I.D.
Arts Building, Recital Hall (ARTS 2.03.02), Main Campus
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