CLIFFVIEW PILOT HAS IT FIRST: Fees for Bergen Community College’s unique child-care center — long considered among the best in North Jersey — will drop by $65 a week for students and $69 for faculty and staff.
BCC CDC photos (Collage by CLIFFVIEWPILOT.COM)
BCC’s Board of Trustees on Wednesday approved the cost reductions to $180 a week from $245 for students, and to $200 a week from $269 for faculty and staff, at the college’s state-of-the-art Child Development Center.
Each gets up to 50 hours a week of what has been considered top-notch child care for nearly 30 years.
The center — which serves youngsters from 2 1/2 to 6 — is a developmental hub and not a day-care center. It introduces the children of students, faculty and staff to art, dance and music, as well as math, science, social studies, language arts and computer use. The classroom sizes are small, allowing individual attention.
Children even learn how to plant their own gardens, spending outdoor time in a registered monarch butterfly habitat, a National Wildlife schoolyard habitat and BCC’s Community Garden.
The center is hosting open houses next Wednesday, Aug. 17, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and the following Saturday, Aug. 20, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Ender Hall on the College’s main campus in Paramus.
Interim BCC President Jose Adames cited the CDC’s importance not only to the college but also as a learning laboratory for those pursuikng degrees in early childhood education.
“I have known people who enroll in courses just to get the good rate at the day care center, as it is one of the best facilities anywhere in the area,” one faculty member told CLIFFVIEW PILOT . “When I lived in New York and commuted, I used to drive my son over the George Washington Bridge every day because there was nothing at any price like it close to home.”
Some privately involved with the decision told CLIFFVIEW PILOT this morning that many see the move as a “clear signal” from Adames, who took office less than a month ago, that things will be done differently at BCC now that its former president, G. Jeremiah Ryan, has been fired.
CLIFFVIEW PILOT ‘s coverage of former BCC President G. Jeremiah Ryan’s troubles and eventual firing — including EXCLUSIVE REPORTS — can be found by clicking here: THE RYAN FILE
MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE CDC: Contact BCC Child Development Center Director Sally Dionisio (201 447-7165), firstname.lastname@example.org .
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