Auction for Child Center Raises Money and Hope

Nearly 200 people attended the March 19 Trinity College Community Child Centerís 7th Annual Wine Tasting and Auction, raising approximately $15,000. The center, known informally as TC4, uses the funds to provide scholarship assistance to neighborhood families in need. The Washington Room was the site of this yearís festivities, which were emceed by WFSB TVís Scot Haney and featured food from Chartwells, ale tasting hosted by City Steam Brewery, and wine tasting sponsored by Hartley & Parker Ltd.

TC4 was founded in 1985 as a private, not-for-profit center, providing high quality, nationally accredited child care. Incorporated separately from Trinity, the center receives free space and a variety of in-kind services from the College. TC4 is licensed by the state Department of Public Health and presently serves about 77 children, ranging in age from six weeks to five years old. The children are separated into age groups that include infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Approximately 50 percent are the children of Trinity employees, with the remainder coming from the community.

All of the centerís programs are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and all its teachers have at least a bachelorís degree in early childhood education or a related field. TC4 currently employs 19 full-time staff members, nine part-time staff members, and four student workers.

In response to perennial problems with drainage and flooding at its Life Sciences Center location, TC4 underwent a complete and long-awaited renovation in December of last year. The enhancement and reconfiguration of its basement space allowed the center to expand its infant and toddler programs by adding five classrooms with a maximum capacity of 40 children. The pre-school program, housed in the Clemens building just across from Life Sciences, had significant improvements to its facility last year as well.

TC4 will celebrate the completion of the renovations with a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on September 10, 2004.  





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