College of Southern Maryland officials and supporters gathered last week to break ground for the new 10,000-square-foot St. Charles Children's Learning Center on the La Plata campus.
The child center project was undertaken after a student survey found that "finding acceptable child care" was among the top five issues students face while attending the college. The center will be a day-care provider as well as a resource for the college's child development programs.
Plans call for 25 of 100 day-care seats to be reserved for students, who will be charged a lower rate and have access to part-time child care. The remaining slots will be available to the community on a first-come, first-served basis.
All funds for construction are being raised privately. The CSM Foundation is engaged in a campaign to raise $500,000 for the initial design and work on the $1.2 million center.