HAYWOOD COMMUNITY COLLEGE

185 FREEDLANDER DRIVE

CLYDE, NORTH CAROLINA 28721

CONTACT: DEBBIE DAVIS

PHONE: 627-4521

DATE: 3-11-02



















FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

HCC CHILDCARE CENTER RECEIVES HIGHEST RATING

The Haywood Community College Childcare Center located on the HCC Campus received a 5-Star Rated License from the North Carolina Division of Child Development. The 5-star rating is the highest licensure granted by the State.



Sharon Davis, Instructor of Education/Early Childhood Education and Director of the Child Development Center, says that there are several factors why the center went from a 3-star to a 5-star rating in the past year. "Education is a key component in the rating process. Every one of our daycare workers except one are currently enrolled in Early Childhood Courses here at the college," she said. Also, Davis is a Level 3 Administrator with a master’s degree in family and consumer science and over 26 years of experience in the field.



Teacher to student ratio is another factor. All age groups dropped the class size. For instance, the infant group size dropped from 10 to 8 and resulted in a 1 to 4 teacher/child ratio compared to 1/5 ratio in a 3-star center.



According to Davis, the years from 0 to 3 are very important developmental years for children. Children’s language and social skills can benefit greatly from high quality childcare. "We are striving to provide the best childcare in our center. We don’t want to stop at good…we want to be great," she said.

The center is currently involved in a self-study in preparation for applying for accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. It is also a pilot site for North Carolina’s new "More at Four Program."



With 38 children, the childcare center is currently at full capacity. 75% of the children served by the center are children of HCC students, staff and faculty. "Our first service is to HCC students. By providing excellent childcare, we hope to make it easier for parents to attend classes by easing the stress of finding childcare," Davis said. Costs for childcare are charged on a sliding scale, based on family size and income.



The center is operated by the Southwestern Child Development Commission and accepts children from birth through age 5. If you would like to find out more about the childcare center or are interested in your child being put on the waiting list for enrollment, call the Haywood Community College Childcare Center at 627-2657.

Photo Attached:

HCC Director of the Child Development Center, Sharon Davis (foreground) is all smiles at the current awarding of a 5-star rating to the HCC childcare center.