A new Children's Center at Montclair State University "will be an integral part of a vital University that is growing and developing in service to the people of New Jersey," MSU President Dr. Susan A. Cole said at the University's annual "Building a Brighter Future" dinner.
"The Children's Center will allow us to expand and enhance vital services for young children and their families," she said. "It will be a national model for inclusive early childhood education where children with disabilities will learn, play and grow. Together, they will discover that what they share is far more profound than their differences."
The Children's Center role will be multifaceted. It will serve as the new home for the University's Psychoeducational and Child Care Centers. The Psychoeducational Center provides early intervention programs for infants and toddlers with special developmental needs and the Child Care Center offers developmentally appropriate programs for children three months to six years of age.
Murray L. Cole, chair of the Montclair State University Foundation and member of the University's Board of Trustees, said that "The Children's Center will bring these two programs together in one setting, allowing special needs children the opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment with their same-age peers."