July 17, 2013

YMCA Of Greater Toledo To Offer Child Care Services In Partnership With Owens Community College

PERRYSBURG TOWNSHIP, Ohio – Owens Community College and the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo entered into a partnership giving way to a Child Development Center on the College’s Perrysburg Township campus at 30335 Oregon Road.

The YMCA Child Development Center, under the management of the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo, will offer child development program services to children infant through twelve years of age beginning Monday, August 12, 2013. The YMCA will lease the 13,317 square feet facility that formerly housed the Owens Community College child care center to operate the new Child Development Center. The agreement also includes the use of 11,098 square feet of outdoor playground space and equipment.

“The YMCA was especially drawn to this location and state-of-the-art facility originally purposed, designed, and built for child care services,” said Brad Toft, President and CEO of the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo.  He added, “We are excited to offer these vital services in a high-quality, child-centered environment.”

“We were very cognizant of the gap that resulted from the College’s recent closure of its child care center and worked to transition the center as quickly as possible. Our partnership with the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo is critical and will allow us to meet the needs of our students, faculty, staff, and community members,” stated Owens President Dr. Mike Bower.

The YMCA Child Development Center will offer summer programming and longer hours of operation from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Center also will offer before- and after-school care and provide transportation for students enrolled at Lake Local and Rossford Schools. The YMCA has a long-standing reputation of quality programs and services and has been a provider of child care in the greater Toledo area for more than 31 years.

Owens alumna, Ms. Pam Sattler, has been chosen to manage the Center. She is a 2005 graduate of the Owens Community College Early Childhood Education program and has been working in this capacity at another YMCA Child Development Center location since 2003.

“The Owens Community College Teacher Education Department is pleased to collaborate with the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo and we are very proud to have one of our alumni members [Pam Sattler] serve in this capacity on campus,” said Deborah Ciecka, Chair, Teacher Education and Human Services. Ciecka added, “The partnership could also provide future opportunities for Owens students to get real-world experience through observation, clinical lab or employment capacities.”

About Owens Community College

Owens Community College is an accredited two-year, state-assisted institution of higher education that has served Northwest Ohio since 1965. With a commitment to providing small classes, personal attention and unmatched affordability, the College serves the diverse academic needs of credit and non-credit students on the Toledo-area and Findlay-area campuses, as well as at the Arrowhead Park Learning Center in Maumee and the Learning Center at The Source in downtown Toledo. Owens offers associate degrees that transfer to baccalaureate degrees in the Arts and Sciences and over 130 technical program areas in Agriculture, Business, Health Sciences, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Skilled Trades, and Engineering and Transportation Technologies. For more information, visit www.owens.edu.

About the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo

Youth Development is one of three areas of focus in which the YMCA and JCC of Greater Toledo is committed to making a positive impact. Our Child Development program provides activities and classes for children, preschoolers through school-agers, designed to engage and help them develop the values, skills and confidence they’ll need to succeed as adults.  For more information contact the YMCA Child Development office at 419.474.3995.