UNH Child Study Center Seeks
Alumni For 75th Anniversary Celebration
Contact: Sharon Keeler
UNH Media Relations
Feb. 16, 2005
DURHAM, N.H. -- Are you one of the thousands of children and adults
who spent time at the University of New Hampshire’s child
care and nursery school during the past 75 years? The UNH Child
Study and Development Center (CSDC) is seeking alumni of the center
-- children, college student teachers, parents and teachers -- to
help commemorate their 75th Anniversary Celebration this year.
Alumni of CSDC are encouraged to visit the center’s Web site
to learn about events planned for the 75th Anniversary Celebration:
www.csdc.unh.edu. Alumni can share memories, stories and photos
that relate to the history of the center, and can submit contact
information to hear about upcoming anniversary events.
“This is a real milestone for CSDC and its identity as a national
force in advocating for quality early education,” says John
Nimmo, executive director of the center. “We hope to learn
from former students, children and parents about where we have been,
share where we are now, and shape our vision for the future.”
Events planned for the 75th Anniversary Celebration include a Reunion
Picnic and Open House on Saturday, June 4, 2005, from 11 a.m. to
3 p.m. This event will include tours of the CSDC facilities and
the official opening of the new Infant-Toddler Outdoor Learning
Environment. Displays of 75 years of center history will also be
present, as well as a barbeque picnic, live music, tours of the
nearby UNH dairy barns, hayrides and more.
Also planned is a “From the Roots Up” Auction on April
2, 2005, at the UNH Elliot Alumni Center from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
This event will help raise funds to support CSDC. Parents and supporters
of the center will auction off artwork and other donated items to
benefit programming, staff development and facilities at the center.
The evening will include a multimedia display of CSDC accomplishments
over the years.
Finally, CSDC will host a day-long conference for regional early
childhood educators March 19, 2005, to share its extensive curriculum
explorations into gardening with young children.
The UNH Child Study & Development Center began in 1929 as a
laboratory for child development classes in the Home Economics Department.
Since those early days with six children in a small campus building,
CSDC has grown to incorporate state-of-the art programming and facilities
as a center of excellence within the Department of Family and the
School of Health and Human Services.
The mission of the CSDC has three parts: providing a laboratory
teaching site for UNH students, offering opportunities for child-focused
research, and providing early childhood education that promotes
children's development and supports families.
For more information, contact John Nimmo, executive director of
the UNH Child Study & Development Center, at (603) 862-2835.