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Thursday, September 13, 2012

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Media Contact: Traci Peterson, Office:817-272-9208, Cell:817-521-5494, tpeterso@uta.edu

The YWCA Arlington Child Development Center has moved into its new home on the UT Arlington campus and plans are set for an October celebration of the $2 million project.

A ribbon-cutting and grand opening is planned for 2 p.m., Oct. 22, 2012, at the center at 1120 UTA Blvd. Among those expected to attend are UT Arlington President James D. Spaniolo, Carrizo President S.P. “Chip” Johnson and Carol Klocek, executive director of the YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County, which operates child development centers in Arlington and Fort Worth.

The 10,400-square-foot childcare center at the corner of Davis Drive and UTA Blvd. replaces the YWCA’s former location, a 20-year-old building on the opposite corner of the UT Arlington campus.

Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. of Houston provided $1.12 million for construction of the facility. UT Arlington contributed $780,000 and the YWCA contributed $100,000. The YWCA also contributed more than $200,000 in playscapes and new equipment for classrooms, kitchen and multi-purpose area.

“The partnership between UT Arlington and YWCA will put so many children of working parents on the path to success,” Klocek said. “Research indicates that the quality of education a child receives in her earliest years profoundly influences brain development and lifelong interaction with the world.  The YWCA is thrilled about the new center and about what this means for children in Arlington.” 

The new center has the capacity to serve 131 children, from infants to pre-school age. In addition to serving the greater Arlington community, the center also serves families living in homeless shelters or domestic violence shelters whose children are transported to the center daily through a partnership with Mission Arlington.

"The YWCA plays a vital role in the community by providing trusted caregivers for the children of working parents," says James D. Spaniolo, president of The University of Texas at Arlington.  "We are proud of our longstanding relationship with the YWCA and are pleased to have this beautiful new building on our campus."

Since it opened more than a decade ago, the YWCA Arlington Child Development Center has provided a literacy-rich environment for more than 7,000 children. More than 95 percent of those children come from families whose lives are affected by poverty.  This is the first new facility built for Tarrant County’s YWCA chapter in the history of its operations. 

The center, designed by Komatsu Architecture, is located near The Community Garden at UT Arlington and is considered more visible and accessible to visitors, students and clients than the previous location.

Enrollment is ongoing at the new center. For information on signing up a child for care, call 817-262-5911.

YWCA Fort Worth & Tarrant County is a social service organization focused on making lasting change for women and children facing poverty, homelessness and racial disparities. For information or to donate to the programs of your YWCA visit www.ywcafortworth.org or call 817-332-6191.

The University of Texas at Arlington is a comprehensive research institution in the heart of North Texas with nearly 33,500 students. Visit www.uta.edu to learn more.

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