As the holiday seasons begin to close in, scheduling becomes troubling for some students with children in the Montgomery County School System. For instance, for the Thanksgiving holiday, MCSS was out the Wednesday before Thanksgiving while APSU students were still attending classes.

Finding a place for day care or an after-school program can be tedious and tiresome. However, there is a solution that many may tend to over look.

The Child Learning Center (CLC) is designed to serve the children of APSU students, faculty and staff as an alternative place for childcare. The CLC is conveniently located in the Sexton building on Eighth Street and serves children from 2.5 to 5 years of age.

The mission of the CLC is to promote the growth and development as well as the well-being of the children it serves by providing a stimulus of emotional, social and cognitive needs.

The CLC has a variety of curriculum it has set up to help promote the healthy development a child needs. This includes art, blocks, make-believe, manipulative play, music and movement, literacy, computers, science, outdoor play, math, mealtimes and clean-up. Each is designed to help stimulate and promote the growth of the child.

The center also provides the children with a well balanced diet. All the meals the CLC provides meet USDA guidelines and are available to all enrolled children. The center also will provide a child with any special dietary needs upon a parental request.

The CLC also provides the children with ways to create a healthy and safe environment. The center emphasizes hand washing and dental hygiene, as well as help in potty training, playground safety and personal safety.

The CLC is open during the fall, spring and summer semesters on Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information on the CLC visit the APSU website, the APSU Facebook page or call (931) 221-6234. TAS