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San Jacinto College
Education Center and Lab School
News Release
Friday, April 01, 2011

Education Center and Lab School celebrates 40 years of service
with new facility at San Jacinto College

Pictured from left to right: Marie Flickinger, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees chair; Dr. Ruede Wheeler, San Jacinto College Board of Trustees member; six-year-old Keely Cummings, Education Center and Lab School student; Dr. Debbie Simpson-Smith, child development/education department chair; four-year-old Elyana Smith, Education Center and Lab School student; Dr. Neil Matkin, San Jacinto College Central campus president; and Kathy Sanchez, Education Center and Lab School director. Photo credit: Jeannie Peng-Armao, San Jacinto College marketing.PASADENA, Texas - For four decades, the Education Center and Lab School at San Jacinto College Central has provided parents, like Stephen Crenshaw, with the peace of mind that their children are within walking distance of their college class.

"It's very convenient to have my child on campus," said Crenshaw, father of 18-month-old Chloe. "I love being right there for her."

This year, the school welcomes families to its newest facility that represents the mark of quality in early childhood education as a National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited program. The building includes six faculty offices, a director’s office, two college classrooms, two infant rooms, one toddler room, two preschool rooms, observation rooms for the infant rooms and observation windows for the other three classrooms, three playgrounds, a warming kitchen, staff break room, and a conference room.  

Since moving from the Anderson Technical Building in Fall 2010, the school now accepts infants into the program and currently serves 47 children. Crenshaw says his daughter's disposition and vocabulary has already improved within three short months of starting the program.

"My daughter has learned so much there, and her vocabulary has increased since she began,” said Crenshaw. “The facility is very nice; the rooms have learning items that a lot of other facilities don't have. I like how they have a little trolley to walk the kids around the campus, and I love playground."

San Jacinto College's first child care center was housed at Burke Road Church of Christ 40 years ago, before moving on to the Central campus in the 1970s.

"The child development/education department and the Lab School has nurtured four generations of children and parents for the San Jacinto College community," said Kathy Sanchez, the Center's director. "The department has influenced four generations of teachers that care about children and families. Our next chapter begins."

Fall 2011 registration is now underway for the Central campus Education Center and Lab School. San Jacinto College is home to three lab schools, one at each campus. They are licensed by the Texas Department of Protective and Regulatory Service and provide a childhood education curriculum that includes the subjects of art, music, science, and math.

About San Jacinto College
Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for nearly 50 years. We are committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of more than 29,000 students in over 140 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career-track choices. Students also benefit from the College’s workforce training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of ever-changing industry in the region. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.
For more information about San Jacinto College, please visit
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