Officials Break Ground on Early Childhood Center Expansion

Aug 29, 2012

Union Public Schools and the Community Action project plan to almost double the size of the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center.

Union Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burton says all eight new classrooms will not necessarily fill up immediately, “but that is giving us an opportunity to grow.”

Officials broke ground on the expansion today.

“The beauty is that the children from this program,” Burton said, “spread out all across Union schools.”

She says the students who come from the Rosa Parks Center are consistently the best prepared as they move on through the wider Union system.

As in the rest of the district, children attend the Rosa Parks Center at no cost. This particular facility is for low income families in the Union district.

“We provide full-day educational opportunities,” said Lynn McClure, principal of the Early Childhood Center.

“We have an enriching curriculum in regards to all kinds of different objectives that children are required to meet in the areas of cognitive, language, literacy, math, physical,” she said.

She added that there’s also an extensive fine arts enrichment program.

Construction, which will be handled by Manhattan Construction, is expected to be finished in time for either the coming spring or fall semester.