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NVC Child Development Center to be featured at Oxbow Market “Locals’ Night” Oct. 28 and in in 2014 Give!Guide

For Immediate Release – Oct. 21 2014
Media Contacts: Lissa Gibbs, NVC Public Information Officer -, office: 707/256-7167
Arren Molina-Gassen, Child Developmental Center coordinator -, office: 707/256-7045


Center to be featured at Oxbow Market "Locals’ Night" Oct. 28 and in in 2014 Give!Guide

Napa, Calif. (Oct. 21, 2014) – Napa Valley College’s Child Development Center is proud to announce its second year of participation in the Napa Valley Give!Guide and invites the public to the Oxbow Public Market’s "Locals’ Night" on Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. to learn more about the center’s programs for families with young children, both in the community at large and for those who are pursuing degrees or certificates as students at Napa Valley College.

To celebrate the center, and in a show of community support, the college has partnered with C Casa restaurant for the evening of Oct. 28 to present a “Dine and Donate” event that night, with a percentage of sales going directly to the Child Development Center.

"C CASA and Cate & Co. are happy to support our Napa Valley community college," said C CASA owner Catherine Bergen. "The programs offered help students of any age begin their journey into the next phase of their life."

Participants should download the required coupon, request one from the NVC Office of Institutional Advancement at (707) 256-7110 or, or stop by the NVC Child Development Center table at the Oxbow Market on Oct. 28 to pick one up that night.

About the NVC Child Development Center (CDC)

Located in four buildings surrounding a central yard and playground on the Napa Valley College main campus at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Highway in Napa, the CDC provides care to approximately 100 children each semester.  The center oversees two programs: one, which is subsidized through support from CalWorks, for young children of qualifying students attending Napa Valley College; and another separate, but co-located, program for families with young children from the general public, referred to as the CDC "Community Program."

"Our Child Development Center is an essential program for the college and allows students with young children to pursue their educational and career pathway goals knowing that while they study and work their children are receiving high-quality childcare," said Arren Molina-Gassen, Child Developmental Center coordinator. "We are also proud to offer a full-time preschool program to the general public through our Community Classroom."

The CDC also serves as the teaching and learning laboratory, along with Mentor Teacher sites, for Napa Valley College students who pursue educational certificates and degrees in Child and Family Studies– the only site in Napa County for such certificated teaching and learning.

Teachers at the center have degrees in child development and/or teaching certification. Student/teacher ratios are low, and the center offers a play-based, emergent curriculum based on the Reggio-Emilia philosophy.

The center is open throughout the Napa Valley College academic year, including the summer session.  Spots are currently available in the subsidized toddler rooms and preschool room, as well as in the community program for children aged 3 to 5.7. For more information or to enroll, contact the Child Developmental Center at (707) 256-7040 or visit the center’s Web site at