WestEd, the Program for Infant Toddler Care and the California Department of Education's Child Development Division will recognize Merced College's Child Development Center as the newest program for Infant Toddler Care (PITC) Demonstration Program during a Gala Celebration on March 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at the College's Child Development Center.
One of five Programs for Infant Toddler Care located throughout the state, Merced College's Child Development Center serves California's Central Valley. According to a WestED news release, the center was selected because of its strong collaborations with community stakeholders and its established success as a laboratory school.
The center plays a key role in workforce development efforts for the surrounding region, the news release said. The Merced College PITC demonstration program is a place to reflect on the impact of responsive, relationship-based practices that help close the achievement gap for children of families below the poverty line.
While celebrating the families, care teachers of young children, child care program administrators and other advocates of high-quality early care and education programs in Merced County, the Gala Celebration will highlight the role of the Merced College PITC Demonstration Program, the news release said.