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Preschool gets Headstart
Child Development Center to re-open
Due to popular demand, the once defunct day
care center and student research lab at Winston
-Salem State tentatively plans to re-open as the Child
Development Center at the end of this month.
The day care, which initially opened in 1975, shut
its doors Aug. 21, 2009, largely due to budget cuts.
The abrupt closing brought to an end a legacy of the
five-star rated childcare facility.
Chancellor Donald Reaves and the administration
made the decision to shut down the day care specifi
cally because operating costs were too exorbitant.
"Our current budget will not allow us to spend
money on the center when there are other alternatives
available in the community for our students," Reaves
said in the Winston-Salem Journal June 30, 2009.
There were many people — which included alumni,
students and faculty — who were not pleased with
the closing of the facility, which eventually led to its
inclusion of a protest on campus.
Eventually lawmakers and other community lead
ers got involved, and, after budget adjustments and
collaboration with the Child Development Division
of Family Services, Inc., the administration found the
resources to re-open the childcare facility.
With the re-opening of the facility comes new pur
pose and direction.
It is no longer classified as a day care and research
lab; it is a Headstart Child Development Center with
the Family Services of Winston-Salem on campus. The
Center accepts children ages 3 to 5 years. The staff
screens and evaluates each student and keeps meticu
lous records of the child's development.
In addition to faculty and students, parents living
in surrounding neighborhoods such as Happy Hill
and Morningside who are at or below the poverty line
have an opportunity to enroll their children as well.
Child Development Center manager Sheila Ebrahim
says the Center uses a 'creative curriculum' to teach
"This is more than a day care," Ebrahim said.
"It is the task of the Center to get the students ready
for the next level. The classrooms are outfitted with
several learning tools, not just toys.
"We are preparing our students for elementary
[school]," Ebrahim said.
The Center also accepts children with learning
disabilities. Many students with learning disabilities
may receive priority based on the needs of the child.
Ebrahim said the children go through assessments
and ongoing observations.
"If there is a concern in either developmental
speech or hearing, then we provide additional ser
vices through community resources."
The staff is ready for a Sept. 30 start date. Nearly
every classroom has been completed.
Angela Roberts, a pre-kindergarten teacher from
Brooksdale, Fla., said she anticipates a productive
"I'm looking forward to a new year, a really good
year," Roberts said.
The Child Development Center began accepting
applications for WSSU faculty and students Sept. 1.
The applications are being taken on a first-come, first-
serve basis. Associate Director of Adult and Graduate
Admissions Victoria Hanchell, a mother of a four-
year-old, was on the waiting list at the old facility for
over a year. Her daughter was enrolled at the day
care for two weeks before she learned of its closing,
Hanchell said she remains optimistic and hopes to
get her child into the new Child Development Center.
"The WSSU Child Development Center has a his
tory of instilling good foundations in reading, writ
ing and mathematics. Also, the children aren't just
playing all day but rather are learning and building
developmental skills. It is truly a preschool and not a
day care," Hanchell said.
Spaces at the Center will also be available for fami
lies in the community, with a special focus on provid
ing services to families who need financial support
for child care. Additionally, the Center will be avail
able to meet WSSU student training needs, faculty
research and grant-writing opportunities.
CAHPUS CRIME BLOTTER SACS
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The Campus Crime Blotter is
a concise summary of the up-
to-date incidents that affect the
Winston-Salem State campus
and community. Certain incidents
may lead to News Argus articles
that discuss them at great length.
Tuesday, Aug. 10
A bookstore employee admitted to stealing
$2,000 worth of textbooks. The employee was
escorted to Campus Police to be interviewed.
The employee was read his rights, transported
to the Winston-Salem Police department and
placed under arrest for larceny. He was given
a secured bond with a preliminary hearing
date Aug. 27.
Friday, Aug. 20
At 8:30 a.m. a staff/director entered his office
to find pornographic material on his com
puter screen. Staff from IT was notified of the
situation and assisted with the investigation
indicating this type of problem is campus
wide. They are working to correct the prob
lem. There being no further information, the
case is closed.
Monday, Aug. 23
Approximately 12:30 a.m. an individual who
was with other subjects gave a female stu
dent his number. Red Sea of Sound members
congregating nearby said the individual was
being disrespectful to the female. An alterca
tion ensued, and a student was punched in
the face. A gun was pulled out and the state
ment was made, "I will shoot one of y'all."
One shot was fired in the air. No one was hurt
Tuesday, Aug. 24
At 12:20 a.m. a student was assaulted and
robbed at gunpoint of money, dorm and
house keys, jewelry and a cell phone. The stu
dent had been dropped off when a car pulled
up carrying four males. Two males, one with
a gun, jumped out of the car and demanded
the student to empty his pockets. No further
information at this time.
Tuesday, Aug. 31
At approximately 1:05 a.m. two male non
students were involved in an altercation that
resulted in gunfire. A female student was a
passenger in the vehicle that one of the male
non-students was driving. The other male
non-student fired two rounds of a small cali
ber handgun into the vehicle shattering the
glass, giving the occupants non life-threat-
ening injuries. According to the report, the
injured male non-student may have been
under the influence of narcotics. A BB gun
was found under the driver seat. Charges to
the shooter and the victim are pending. No
further information at this time.
Thursday, Sept. 2
At 9:45 a.m. an officer was dispatched in refer
ence to a shuttle bus being on fire. There were
no passengers and the driver said that there
have been problems from the bus before. The
brakes may have overheated, causing a leak
in the brake line and smoke to come from the
rear tires. No further information at this time.
Source: WSSU Department of Police
and Public Safety
Compiled by Myiesha Speight,
News Argus Contributor
by the University's Quality
"We will not know what
action SACS has taken on our
response to the areas of non-
compliance until the annual
meeting in December 2010."
The Financial Aid Office
staff was unavailable for com
The areas which received
citafions were just a portion
of what the SACS representa
tives were looking for.
QEP: Rams Write
In 2007, the University was
introduced to Rams Write,
a five-year plan to improve
writing in the majors.
This initiafive was originally
set forth by the QEP, and after
two years of training faculty
and staff, 2010 marks the gen
esis of Rams Write's five-year
Pamela Simmons, the new
QEP director, and her staff
have worked to get the stu
dents involved as much as
Their achievements are
reflected through the high
marks received from SACS.
There are very few
[HBCU's] reaching this level
of achievement," Simmons
Rams Write's goal is to
remain compliant within
the SACS as well as assist in
WSSU s reaffirmation process.
QEP is targeting both junior
and senior levels of writing,
but would eventually like to
implement the program at the
"Everyone has the ability to
write," Simmons said.
During the spring semes
ter, the administration made
efforts to promote Rams Write
as much as possible.
This included posting adver
tisements around campus, giv
ing out gifts for students who
actively participated, and even
erected a banner in the breeze
way of the Thompson Center.
Their efforts have not gone
According to the assistant
QEP director Tanya Walker,
there have already been signs
of positive results.
"I have seen improvements
in student's writing, parficu-
larly because of the clarity of
the assignment sheets the stu
dents are now receiving, clar
ity in instruction, and a better
grasp of the content," Walker
She also said that the out
look of the five year plan is
"optimistic" and encourages
all majors to utilize the new
Students who have diffi
culty with their writing skills
may visit the Language Arts
Center, located in the Hauser
building, for assistance.