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Not for publication Aug. 20, 1997 -- No. 573

UNC-CH, UNC Hospitals to break ground on child-care center with help from little friends

Officials from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Hospitals will break ground Friday (Aug. 22) at 11 a.m. for a new day-care center to serve the children of university and hospital faculty, employees and students.

Participating in the ceremony will be: UNC-CH Chancellor Michael Hooker; Richard Stevens of Raleigh, chairman of the UNC-CH Board of Trustees; UNC Hospitals Director Eric Munson; and J. Slade Crumpton of Durham, vice chairman of the UNC Hospitals Board of Trustees.

They will be assisted by young children who currently attend Victory Village Day Care Center. The children will use beach pails and shovels to dig for small “treasures” hidden in the sand.

Note to still and video photographers: Shots of the children “breaking ground” with their colorful pails and buckets and finding buried treasure should make good stand-alone shots or b-roll for a voice-over. A model of the center and/or architectural drawings also will be on display.

The $1.9 million, 10,500-square-foot center will be built west of the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center off N.C. 54, about two miles from the I-40 interchange. The university will contract with Victory Village Day Care Inc. to operate the new center, which will accommodate 120 children.

The university and UNC Hospitals will split the center's construction and equipment costs; tuition revenues will pay for on-going operational costs.

Victory Village has served the children of hospital and university employees since 1952. It recently was accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and was one of 24 centers in North Carolina to win a professional development award given jointly by the Day Care Services Association, the N.C. Division of Child Development and Head Start.

Only 5 percent of early childhood programs nationwide are accredited. Victory Village holds an AA license, the highest awarded by the state, and receives support from tuition revenue, the university and Smart Start.

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