Board of Trustees Approves New Operating Model for Early Childhood Center

The Board of Trustees voted at their Feb. 4 meeting to approve a new operating model for the Early Childhood Center, the college’s licensed childcare facility and observation lab for students taking child development courses.

Under the new plan, the ECC will operate nine months out of the year and be closed for the summer semester to align with the academic calendar and the child development program schedule.

The new operating model for the ECC will feature one full-time and one part-time classroom, open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. during the spring and fall semesters. It also includes the reduction of one full-time and one part-time position at the ECC. Overall, this plan is expected to save approximately $100,000 annually and allow the facility to operate at a more fiscally viable level.

“The new operating model for the ECC will continue to provide the observation and internship opportunities necessary for child development courses, while at the same time operating in a fiscally responsible manner,” said Vice President of Administrative Services Dr. Judy Mitchell.

In addition to the ECC, the Renaissance Center operations underwent restructuring last year, as did the Fitness Center, which resulted in $280,000 in estimated savings.  All three programs were reviewed and restructured as part of the process of evaluating operational aspects of the college for financial viability.

The ECC is a NAEYC accredited program that provides preschool education and care for children ages two-and-a-half to five years old. It is open to students, staff and community members. For more information about the ECC, visit www.jjc.edu/info/ecc.

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