In September of 2005 at the dedication, reception and open house for the new UW-River Falls C.H.I.L.D. Center, the family of late Chancellor Ann Lydecker presented a gift of a sculpture in her memory.
The childcare center is a component of UWRF’s College of Education and Professional Studies. It serves as a fieldwork site for students enrolled in programs in early childhood education, elementary education, communicative disorders, social work, counseling and school psychology. Activities offered for youngsters in the Center include movement, music, art, story-time and outdoor-time. Nutritious snacks and meals are also provided.
The $1.1 million C.H.I.L.D. Center was funded entirely by student fees and grants without any tax dollars. At 7,800 square feet it contains six classrooms, a kitchen, a motor-skills activity area and work and storage areas. It provides services for up to 90 children, ages 6 weeks to 10 years.