USM center celebrates 75 years

By Colleen Donovan - bio | email

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - The Center for Child Development at Southern Miss is celebrating seventy five years as a vital part of the university community.

The center serves children of Southern Miss faculty, staff and students in addition to members of the community. They follow the USM administrative schedule and care for children ages eight weeks up to five years old.

The center also serves as a lab for college students in the Department of Child and Family Studies. For parents who work at the university, like Gina Fiorentini-Wright, it's reassuring for them to know their child is being taken care of in a quality environment.

"We like the education that he is getting here. It's not just a place to be baby sat. It's got a great name, Center for Child Development is a great name for it because it's child learning instead of child care," said Fiorentini-Wright.

On Friday the center is celebrating with a family picnic so children and parents can get to know one another and socialize with staff.

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