State’s sec­re­tary of health, men­tal hy­giene vis­its St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter at CSM

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Mary­land Sec­re­tary of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene Van T. Mitchell toured and vis­ited with stu­dents and staff at the St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land’s La Plata Cam­pus June 2.

Op­er­a­tions Man­ager An­drea Muntz shared in­for­ma­tion on the cen­ter’s his­tory, stu­dent de­mo­graph­ics and cur­ricu­lum with Mitchell as par­ents ar­rived with their young chil­dren for day­care.

As the cen­ter cel­e­brates its 10-year an­niver­sary, it also cel­e­brates earn­ing a Mary­land EX­CELS Level 3 rat­ing by the Mary­land Depart­ment of Ed­u­ca­tion, part of the ac­cred­i­ta­tion process. The cen­ter also cel­e­brates its new­est ad­di­tion — a trike path for chil­dren to ride tri­cy­cles and ma­neu­ver other wheeled toys.

The cen­ter was es­tab­lished in 2006 to pro­vide CSM stu­dents, fac­ulty and staff, as well as com­mu­nity mem­bers, qual­ity, child-cen­tered care. The cen­ter opened with 20 stu­dents ages 8 weeks to 4 years old and now of­fers care for more than a hun­dred stu­dents from ages 8 weeks to 12 years old. The cen­ter has 10,000 square feet of learn­ing space in­clud­ing nine child-cen­tered class­rooms, a gym­na­sium and a prep kitchen. In ad­di­tion, the cen­ter has its own pri­vate land­scaped play­ground and ac­cess to the cam­pus grounds.

The cen­ter’s Before and Af­ter School Care pro­gram in­cludes both group and self-di­rected ac­tiv­i­ties that take into ac­count in­di­vid­ual and age-ap­pro­pri­ate in­ter­ests. The cen­ter pro­vides care op­tions for before and af­ter school for chil­dren ages 5 to 12 years old with bus trans­porta­tion avail­able for those at­tend­ing Dr. James Craik Ele­men­tary School, Arch­bishop Neale School and Mil­ton M. Somers Mid­dle School. Sum­mer day camps at the cen­ter will be of­fered June 20 through Aug. 25 to en­gage, ed­u­cate and en­ter­tain through hands-on ac­tiv­i­ties pro­vided in a safe, car­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Weekly themes help stu­dents test the bound­aries of their knowl­edge as they dis­cover fas­ci­nat­ing facts, new ar­eas of in­ter­est and life­long friends.

For in­for­ma­tion on the cen­ter, visit


Dur­ing an early-morn­ing tour of the St. Charles Chil­dren’s Learn­ing Cen­ter at the Col­lege of South­ern Mary­land, Mary­land Sec­re­tary of Health and Men­tal Hy­giene Van T. Mitchell, right, viewed the cen­ter’s new­est ad­di­tion, a trike path that’s ideal for chil­dren to ride tri­cy­cles and other wheeled toys. Aux­il­iary Ser­vices Ex­ec­u­tive Di­rec­tor Marcy Gan­non, sec­ond from left, and Op­er­a­tions Man­ager An­drea Muntz, cen­ter, de­scribed to Mitchell and CSM Pres­i­dent Dr. Brad Got­tfried, left, how the paved trike path pro­vides the op­por­tu­nity for the chil­dren to safely ride toys ev­ery day.

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