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TRI's Child Development Center Creates an Environment to Thrive

Posted on October 4, 2016

By Carey Gilbert

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Welcome to the TRI Child Development Center! Here at the Child Development Center (CDC) on the campus of Western Oregon University, children ages 2.5 up to 10 years of age participate in our Preschool and Afterschool Enrichment programs. Both of our programs are designed to serve the students and employees of Western Oregon University and the surrounding community. 

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TRI-CDC Summer Camp Offers Insight Into 2016-2017 Preschool Program

Posted on August 12, 2016

By Taylor Leech

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For the second year, the TRI Child Development Center (TRI-CDC) hosts a summer camp for children ages 30 months through 8 years. This camp is a fun place for children to learn about the world around them, while discovering science, exploring nature, and engaging in the creative arts.

This year’s summer camp is a STEM Adventure! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Each week the children explore a new theme related to an element of STEM. They are making good use of playgrounds, the community, and special guests from across the WOU campus to help enrich their camp experience.

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TRI's Bonnie Morihara and Child Development Center Alum Win Gold in Oregon Special Olympics

Posted on July 13, 2016

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On July 9 and 10, 2016 more than 1,600 softball, track & field, golf, and bocce athletes converged on Newberg for the Special Olympics Oregon (SOOR) state games.

TRI’s Bonnie Morihara and her neighbor Holly have been competing as Unified Partners (an intellectually or physically challenged athlete plus a friend or relative) in bocce for three years now. This year they placed first, winning Gold medals, in their 4-team division in both the regional bocce competition in Eugene and the statewide competition in Newberg. Bonnie says that Holly is particularly good at bocce because she also competes in Special Olympics bowling in the fall.

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STEM Adventure at the TRI-CDC Summer Camp

Posted on April 12, 2016

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This year, activities at the TRI-CDC Summer Camp will focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics

This camp is open to all families on and off the WOU campus.

  • Camp begins June 20, 2016
  • For children 30 months to 8 years!
  • Located on the WOU Campus in historic Todd Hall
  • Monday- Friday 7:30am-5:30pm

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TRI's Child Development Center Focuses on Giving

Posted on March 16, 2016

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Every year, for the entire month of February, public employees across the state of Oregon participate in the Governor’s Food Drive. The children attending the TRI-Child Development Center get right into the swing of things, collecting food, and helping fill the truck to help WOU meet its goals.

This annual event has become an important moment in the TRI-CDC that the children and the staff look forward to. The photos below show you why!

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TRI Contributes to the Success of WOU Students

Posted on January 20, 2016

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Western Oregon University prides itself on successfully recruiting students from non-traditional backgrounds – first in the family to go to college, non-native speakers, students from underrepresented communities, students with young children, veterans, students with disabilities, and older students on a second career path.

And once these students arrive at WOU to begin their college experience, there are supports in place to help them, and all WOU students, be successful in their studies.

TRI is very proud to play a part in that support.

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TRI-CDC Summer Camp Finale Performance

Posted on August 26, 2015

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The children who took part in the TRI-CDC Summer Camp performed for their families at the end of camp. They started with "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star," then sang "Found a Peanut," and ended with a surprise rendition of Katy Perry's "Roar." Enjoy the video!

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Construction the Theme of CDC Summer Camp

Posted on July 29, 2015

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Todd Hall and other locations on the WOU campus have been under construction all summer, which has inspired the Child Development Center to make “construction” the theme of this year’s Summer Camp.

"I knew the children would be mesmerized by all the equipment and the workers in their hard hats and tool belts," said Ingrid Amerson, Director of the TRI-Child Development Center (TRI-CDC). "So I thought, let's learn about the concept of construction."

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Filling the Gap in Community Health and Child Care Services in Rural Oregon

Posted on June 24, 2015

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Two new facilities to support families in Polk and Marion counties are preparing to open. The Central Health and Wellness Center and the Central Child Development Center will provide comprehensive, wrap-around services addressing health, mental health, disabilities, nutrition, and infant/toddler development within the rural Oregon communities of Monmouth and Independence.

A dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony took place on Thursday, June 25, on the property of the Central School District – 1601 Monmouth Street in Independence.

Click here for the Enrollment Flyer.

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Ford Family Foundation Grant to Support Teen Parents

Posted on April 28, 2015

Photo of the Child Care and Health CenterTRI Child Development Center (TRI-CDC) was awarded a $50,000 grant by the Ford Family Foundation to assist in creating an infant/toddler child development center in collaboration with the Central School District (CSD), Polk County Family & Community Outreach, and Mid-Willamette Valley Community Action Agency Early Head Start (EHS). The grant award will support the renovation of a building owned by the Central School District to create a model early learning center primarily for teen parents and their children ages 6 weeks to three years. TRI-CDC will provide expert early childhood professionals to ensure the development of an inclusive, high quality, nurturing environment for young children.

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