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UC Gem Celebrates Diamond Anniversary

Date: Feb. 12, 2001
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

The Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center celebrates its 75th anniversary with an open house 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25. A special welcome is planned for those who formerly attended the child care center as well as former Arlitt staff. The open house is free and will feature tours, activities for children, and live music, including the Cincinnati band, Drums for Peace.

Providing 75 years of educational excellence for children three to five years old, Arlitt is one of the oldest and most diverse preschool programs in the United States. It was the first Cincinnati preschool staffed by teachers who were specifically trained in early childhood education. The center has a blended Head Start and tuition program, serving children of varying cultures, abilities and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Named after the preschool's first teacher, Ada Hart Arlitt, the center is nationally recognized for its approach to teaching and research. Vicki Carr, director, says children at Arlitt become independent thinkers through the center's constructivist approach to teaching. Children find the answers to their questions on their own, through activities and coaching from lead teachers. Observation booths at Arlitt draw students and child care professionals from around the nation. Members of the staff are authors of books and articles and have presented research at national conferences. Arlitt staff members have also been consulted about the state's role in determining policy on early childhood education.

The Arlitt center will host its second annual Winter Research and Practice mini-conference for parents, early childhood professionals and day care providers from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 24. The conference is free for Arlitt staff and parents. Others can attend for a $16 fee, which includes parking in the Corry Street garage. To make reservations, call Napoleon Maddox at the Arlitt reception desk, 556-3802.

Current and former staff members are invited to a dinner and program at the UC Faculty Club, 5:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 24. The dinner costs $20 per person. To make reservations, call Sharon Reddert, senior administrative assistant, (513) 556-3803.

Directions: The Arlitt center is located in Edwards One at the intersection of Corry and Jefferson Avenues. Parking is available in the Corry Street garage.

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