The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, February 04, 1981, Page 5, Image 5

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    ■Child Development Center
drippin’ with amendments
Brittle girls, little girls
Everywhere I turn I can see them.
Little girls, little girls
Night and day I eat sleep and breathe them.
jSome women are drippin’ with diamonds.
|Some women are drippin’ with pearls.
Lucky me, lucky me, look at what I’m
drippin’ with, little girls.
■How I hate little shoes,
hittie socks, and each little bloomer
H I’d have cracked years ago
H|f it weren’t.for my sense of humor.
1 Some day I’ll step on their freckles
J Some night I’ll straighten their curls
| Send the flood, send the flu
Anything that you can do,
Ito little girls.”
■ -Martin Charnin-
By Thomas A. Rhodes
Of The Print
You probably wouldn’t hear
Myra Lunn, the 39-year old
supervisor of. the Child <
Development Center, singing
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Mrs. Hannigan’s lament from
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the Broadway show, “Annie.”
' But, Mrs. Hannigan may have
a- point. Upon walking into the
Child Development Center,
one immediately catches hold
of the fact that everything is, in­
deed, little. Little chairs, little
tables, little toothbrushes, it
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goes on.
Staff photo by Ramona Isackson
But the fact that everything
in the center is little hasn’t fool­ OFF THE WALL- A “little pard”-stares in awe (or just
ed anyone into thinking that stares) while enjoying a typical day at the Child Develop­
the changes made in the center ment Center.
are little, as well. Starting in will make it easier for the development.
Currently, children are re-'
spring term, changes will be go- , parents, the progenies and the
ing into effect at the center that sitters to experience child quired to be at the center every
day for at least half the day.
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The drop-in center right next
door allows the parents to drop
their kids off for only a few
hours. The center was geared
to the full-time students. “Most
full-time students don’t have
children,” Lunn said. “So, star-
" ting in spring, we will have a
two-to-five day option for the
part-time students.” The two-
to-five day option allows part-
or full-time students to drop
their seedlings off according to
their own schedule, rather than
the center’s.
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Now that there is a full-time
director in the department (this
is Lunn’s first year at the Col­
lege), the center can develop a
variety of services and pro­
grams on early child services.
Those services include—short
term workshops and mini­
courses for parents, parent
education programs where
parents are trained to teach
pre-schoolers, a .grandparent­
child program, and a Saturday
College fdr kids. “I’m really ex­
cited about the potential of
these programs. This' com­
munity’ needs these programs,”
Lunn said.
Written byJANEWAGNER • Music by
Executive Producer JANE WAGNER 0'^^
Read the JOVE Book ■ Cop/^ht © 1’80 by Umveral Qty
Mednesday, February 4, 1981
What does the ChHd
Development Center 'teach
these children (all 3 to 5 years
old)-?\.The;moming. program is
designed ’ to meet ; sppipL
physical, and menthl needs of
growing children. The little
ones are taught school subjects
which include working with
numbers, letters and sounds.
Music, movement, and motor
activities are included. The kids
are taught how to make
choices, cooperate and work
with big groups.
The center has taken the
children on many trips during
the \ear. Trips to OMSI and
through Oregon City (See
. humor column on page 2) are
an example. In December, the
center was visited by the Pacific
Indian pre-school.
The Child Development
Center is open from 7:45 a.m.
until 5 p .m. The hardest part of
working in the center is that the
kids need attention'all of the
time. “The hardest part is
\ always being there for them,”
\ Lunn said.
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