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Early Childhood Center

Early Childhood Center
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The Early Childhood Center opened their doors in 1969.

Some 40 non-traditional SIUE Students form "the late starters" club. The advisor is Virginia Moore, a faculty member in counselor education and director of SIUE's Practicum Center.

May 1969

The Late Starters Club proposes a child care center be established on the SIUE campus. Linda Hines of Alton is named chair of the club's daycare committee. The proposal is sent to the then- SIUE President John Rendleman.

August 1969

The SIUE Day Care Center is established, operated by members of the Late Starters. It is located in the building on Lewis Road on the edge of campus that currently houses the SIUE Credit Union. The group applied for state license. Organizers say this will NOT be a "babysitting service", but will have planned early childhood programming.

September 1969

The SIUE Day Care Center is scheduled to open. Mary Herndon and Mrs. Ed Soliday are named the first teachers. Kathryn Peeler is named a full-time aide. Some 25 students are enrolled for mornings.

September 1970

Cheryl Oda is named Coordinator of the Center. What was then known as the Educational Division takes over operation of the SIUE Day Care Center.

June 1971

S. LaVernn Wilson named director of the Early Childhood Education Center.

September 1985

Ground is broken for a new 5,000 square foot facility to house the Early Childhood Center at the corner of circle drive and Northwest Road. The center's "play yard" is 7,500 square feet.

April 1986

The newly constructed SIUE Early Childhood Center is dedicated.

May 1990

More than 200 parents and children attend the 20 th birthday celebration of the Early Childhood Center.

March 2000

ECC Director S. LaVernn Wilson retires after 29 years of service.

July 2000

Rebecca Dabbs-Kayser named Director.

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