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 University System, Tarleton is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 15,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, A&M RELLIS at 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.