Tarleton Celebrates Child Development Center Ribbon-cutting

Thursday, August 11, 2022

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — An historic building on the Tarleton State University campus has been repurposed and, as of this afternoon, is the new Child Development Center and Tarleton Center for Child Well-being.

Moody Hall, built as women’s on-campus housing in 1936 and named for longtime dormitory matron Lotta Moody, houses the Child Development Center, a daycare for children of university students, faculty and staff members, and the Center for Child Well-being, a multidisciplinary provider of psychological, behavioral health and consultation services to families of school-aged children in the community.

“This best-in-class facility will enable us to educate and train our youngest Tarleton Texans,” said university President James Hurley. “It provides a safe, age-appropriate learning experience and supports our commitment to teaching excellence and service.”

Just-completed renovations include reception areas, four classrooms, a learning lab, an indoor activity center, an outdoor playground accessible through the building, and a food service area.

Safety is addressed with secure drop-off points on McIlhaney Street, a key card system and security cameras throughout. The Center for Child Well-being is located on the second floor.

Learning Care Group Inc. will manage the facility. Michael Barnes, Learning Care Group DFW/Midsouth Regional Manager:

“Education for prekindergarten children is critical to their development. This state-of-the-art center will elevate the standard for early childhood education at universities nationwide.”

The Child Development Center has been idle for more than a year; it previously operated out of the Kinesiology Building.

A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.