Newsletter March – April 2014: Murphy Canyon Child Development Center Breaks Ground
New Murphy Canyon Child Development Center Breaks Ground
The Naval Base San Diego (NBSD) Murphy Canyon Child Development Center, funded by First 5 San Diego, officially broke ground on Jan. 22, 2014.
Carol Skiljan, vice-chair of the the First 5 Commission of San Diego, joined in the groundbreaking ceremony to commence construction, along with Capt. Curt Jones, commanding officer NBSD, and other U.S. Navy officials.
“We know that 90 percent of a child’s brain develops in the first five years of life, and a child’s experiences, relationships and environment play a critical role in his or her development,” said Skiljan. “That’s why high quality, early care and education offered in child development centers helps in preparing children to succeed in school and in life.”
The new child development center will be approximately 13,000 square feet and will boast six classrooms that support 114 children. In addition to the new building, an updated playground, drop off parking, pedestrian walkways and service access to the facility will be included in the project. When completed, the building will double the child development center footprint in the Murphy Canyon area and provide more child care opportunities for military families.
“This is a tremendous addition for our families. We will be able to care for more of our military children, providing direct support to our service members and their families,” said Jones.
First 5 San Diego provided more than $6 million for construction of the child development center. It is tentatively scheduled to be completed late 2014.
“First 5 San Diego is honored to support San Diego’s military families and their young children by contributing the revenue to build this center,” said Skiljan.