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Key personnel involved in the construction cut the ribbon in front of the new Child Development Center aboard Cherry Point Feb. 28. The $5.2 million high-tech facility will play host to 96 children and 52 child care providers.

Photo by Pfc. Cory D. Polom

CDC unveils new $5.2 million facility

22 Mar 2011 | Pfc. Cory D. Polom

Cherry Point families now have less time to wait on getting their children into the Child Development Center thanks to the grand opening of the new CDC building Feb. 28.

“This is a state-of-the-art facility,” said LaVerne McKinney, the director of the new CDC building. “The building cost $5.2 million, which went toward the building and the technology inside the classrooms.”

The building is being opened in phases.

“With today’s opening we are starting phase one,” said McKinney. “For phase one there will be 96 kids taken on by our staff of 52 child care providers. After the second phase is complete, it will expand our current capacity to 292.”

McKinney said the staff they hire are all put through both individual and group training.

“We are always looking for someone who loves kids to help,” said McKinney. “After an interview we send them off to training.”

The philosophy of the CDC is that a developmentally appropriate program is child centered and enhances the physical, emotional and cognitive development of the child.

“The best part about the opening of the new CDC is there is more space for the children of Cherry Point,” said Vera Campbell, the director of Marine and Family Services. “We can now take care of more kids for our Marines and Sailors who dedicate their lives to serving our country. It also provides more quality state of the art technology to help teach our kids in a more kid friendly way.”

The new building has three infant rooms, two pre-toddler rooms, two toddler rooms and a preschool activity room. The pre-toddler, toddler and preschool rooms feature different technology such as iStartSmart computers and the TeachSmart learning system.

The StartSmart computers are touch screen computers that help the kids learn different skills needed to start school, and the TeachSmart learning system is an interactive white board that helps the preschool kids learn more skills needed to succeed in kindergarten.

For more information or questions contact the front desk of the CDC at 466-4176.

Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point