December 4, 2013
Ribbon cutting for the much anticipated Children's Center at Farmingdale State College took place today as children, parents, legislators and the college community looked on.
Farmingdale President Hubert Keen was joined at the ceremony by Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. and Assemblyman Bob Sweeney, who supported funding for the $7.5 million project, and Assemblyman Chad Lupinacci, who teaches in the School of Business.
"The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project," President Keen pointed out. "This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff. Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education."
Open to the community and the campus, the center accepts children ages 8 weeks to pre-K. A dynamic summer camp is also available for children ages 5 through 12.
Designed with an educator's point of view, every room provides teachable moments. For example, the lobby is interactive with touchable textures on the walls. The Architect is DW Arthur and Fratello Construction is the contractor.
The 11,812 square foot L-shaped building is designed so that each classroom leads to a different area of the playground, offering convenience and safety. Every room in the one-floor building is completely handicapped accessible. Radiant heat in the floors and automatic shut-off sensors for the lights contribute to the building's green energy rating.
Additional rooms for infants, toddlers and pre-school were added to the center. An additional room will be used during school vacations for children who have aged out of the center. Brand new furniture - sized to the needs of each age group - fills the classrooms.
The outdoor playground features four separate play areas that are developmentally appropriate. Surfaces include grass, concrete, rubber and mulch. Canvas sails are attached to the top of play areas to provide shade. A tee-pee provides shade as well as an imaginative play area. There's a basketball court, a kickball field, a tetherball pole and a grassy area that can be used as a stage. Water play for the warmer months completes the picture.
The indoor gymnasium has equipment to develop gross motor skills as well as rubber floors to prevent injuries.
The new location has plenty of parking and is close to the Sustainable Garden where the children have real life lessons in how our food is grown. This summer, the children made pizza sauce (with adult supervision) from their homegrown tomatoes and had a pizza party. And another teachable moment has been realized. (12-4-2013)
For information on the FSC Children's Center, call Kathleen Dowd at 631-420-2125.