Lone Star College North Harris News
Published on: June 30, 2008 Beginning fall 2008, the Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA will be partnering with Lone Star College-North Harris to provide on-campus child care services. The Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA is part of the YMCA of the Greater Houston Area, which has a 100-year history of helping build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.
“We are thrilled to be able to continue our mission of community outreach through this partnership with Lone Star College-North Harris,” says Ralph Wheeler, Aldine-Greenspoint YMCA executive director. “The philosophy of our early child care program is simple. We view youth as assets to our community. All young people, regardless of ethnicity, gender, economic, geographic or religious background, face choices that can positively or negatively influence their futures. Under the guidance of caring adults, children can learn fair play and positive communication-all skills that are needed to succeed.”
The new YMCA at Lone Star College-North Harris child care program will offer accessible, affordable and high-quality child care serving the college’s students, employees and the community. For the past eight years, LSC-North Harris has been the home of a Child Development Lab School (CDLS), which featured outstanding Montessori programs, but child care needs have changed significantly over the past few years and the CDLS is simply not an affordable alternative for most students and employees.
“After careful study and reviewing this situation for almost a year, it was determined that we needed to restructure this important resource. An estimated 30 to 40 percent of our students face the challenge of balancing work, college and young children on a very limited budget,” says Dr. Steve Head, LSC-North Harris president. “Providing these students with easy access to high-quality, reasonably-priced child care removes a major barrier for them as they try to complete their educational goals.”
The YMCA at Lone Star College-North Harris will offer three child care options, including pre-school care for children ages 3 to 4 …