Central AZ College childcare centers to reopen thanks to partnerships


Central Arizona College has announced a public-private partnership with Easter Seals Blake Foundation that will enable the childcare centers at the Signal Peak and Superstition Mountain campuses to be reopened.

An open house will be held noon-3 p.m. Saturday, June 27, at the Superstition Mountain Center, 805 S. Idaho Road

CAC’s Early Childhood Education program engages students in innovative and effective learning experiences that positively impact their lives as well as children, families and the community according to a press release.

“The Easter Seals Blake Foundation has a strong reputation for providing comprehensive family services and community training. Our partnership will be a tremendous benefit for both CAC and Pinal County.” Melissa Busby, director of the CAC Early Childhood Education program, said.

In addition to meeting a need for high quality child care, the mission of the childcare centers is to provide a high quality learning lab for CAC students from a number of appropriate disciplines. The centers will provide a needed service for the campuses and communities while allowing students to experience enriched, real world learning opportunities.

“Easter Seals Blake Foundation is extremely excited about the opportunity to expand the options for high quality child care in the communities of Apache Junction and Coolidge. Our children deserve the best early learning that we can provide and this partnership will be invaluable for supporting learning and professional growth for students,” said Lela Messick, associate director for Children and Family Services.

It is estimated that as many as 100 students each semester will have the opportunity to participate in service learning opportunities in the centers.

“The Nursing Division is excited for the partnership with the on-campus child care centers.  These learning labs will be a place where nursing students can use knowledge gained in class to observe and assess children according to pediatric milestones.  This hands-on learning opportunity will allow nursing students to learn to communicate with children therapeutically and teach them the importance of life skills such as handwashing,” Tina Berry, CAC nursing director, said.

The childcare centers are now accepting enrollments for the fall and will serve children ages 2.5 to 5 years old.

The fee-based service will operate Monday-Friday.

For more information about the open house or enrollment options, call 520-419-7954 or visit the Easter Seals website.

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