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.
ongoing at the new center. For information on signing up a child for care, call
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
or call 817-332-6191.
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