STEPHENVILLE — An historic building on the Tarleton State University campus has been repurposed and, as of this afternoon, is the new Child Development Center and Tarleton Center for Child Well-being.
Moody Hall, built as women’s on-campus housing in 1936 and named for longtime dormitory matron Lotta Moody, houses the Child Development Center, a daycare for children of university students, faculty and staff members, and the Center for Child Well-being, a multidisciplinary provider of psychological, behavioral health and consultation services to families of school-aged children in the community.
“This best-in-class facility will enable us to educate and train our youngest Tarleton Texans,” said university President James Hurley. “It provides a safe, age-appropriate learning experience and supports our commitment to teaching excellence and service.”
Just-completed renovations include reception areas, four classrooms, a learning lab, an indoor activity center, an outdoor playground accessible through the building, and a food service area.
Safety is addressed with secure drop-off points on McIlhaney Street, a key card system and security cameras throughout. The Center for Child Well-being is located on the second floor.
Learning Care Group Inc. will manage the facility. Michael Barnes, Learning Care Group DFW/Midsouth Regional Manager:
“Education for prekindergarten children is critical to their development. This state-of-the-art center will elevate the standard for early childhood education at universities nationwide.”
The Child Development Center has been idle for more than a year; it previously operated out of the Kinesiology Building.