The Corpus Christi Caller-Times from Corpus Christi, Texas on August 17, 1971 · Page 24
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2-C CORPUS CHRIST! TIMES, Tues., Aug. 17, 1971 New Concept in Day Care By GENE I. MAGROFF © New York Times News Service WASHINGTON -- A day care center that was opened here this summer for the benefit of 50 children of employes of the United States Office of Education Is intended as a model for other employers throughout America. Under the sponsorship of the National Demonstration Center in Early Childhood Education, it is being developed as a pilot project to show what an employer can do to provide care on the premises for the children of working mothers. The new model day care center will also be a place where research findings that have resulted from government grants can be applied and where educators, employers and parents from across the country can make observation visits. Details of its operations will be published and disseminated. The creation of the center comes at a time when there is increasing interest in such institutions. The numbers of day care centers has grown steadily until there are now 36,000, accommodating 640,000 children. There is great potential for further growth. Of the more than 11 million working mothers, 4.2 million have children under six years old. The government estimates t h a t there will be 6.6 million mothers of preschool-children in the labor force by 1985. Modern Methods Unlike day care experiments that have received federal support at several universities, the model center here is not being operated for the purpose of research or for the gathering of data but to demonstrate the best of current day care practices. It is too soon to determine the extent to which the model will be copied elsewhere. Situated on the ground floor of the building that houses the offices of education, in what was once a staff dining room, the center is constructed in a nook-and-cranny fashion that is meant to entice children. A youth staff member was .sitting on a ledge the other day reading to a child who told the adult that a fire engine picture in the book was "orange." Several children were gathered around a formi- ca-topped table cutting and pasting and two boys were taking turns chasing each other. Other children were playing under the hot afternoon sun on the adjoining sunken patio, where fascinating equipment invited climbers, swingers and jumpers. Nearby, unused but ready to ride, stood several shiny tricycles. A n n L a n d e r s Family Obligation Limited / £# DEAR ANN: I am a 21- year-old girl who needs your help desperately. My husband is in Vietnam. He must serve six months more over there. This separation has been very difficult for both of us. Tom and I were married only 38 days when he got his orders. Here's my problem. I am the oldest in the family. My brothers are 16, 14, 6 and 4. Mom is dying of cancer. She wants me to stay with Dad and take care of the kids after she is gone. She says I am the only person who can care for them properly. Last night she said, "I will rest in peace knowing the little ones have you to raise them." T want desperately to be with Tom. He will have another year to serve after he gets back from Vietnam. We have no idea where he will be stationed. I am tortured with indecision. Tom says he'll understand if I want to stay with Dad and the kids. I know they need me, but so does my husband. And I need him. I've even suggested taking the two little ones with me but Dad wouldn't hear of it. I am not thinking clearly these days and I need your help. Please. - DIVIDED LOYALTIES DEAR D. L.: Stay with the kids until Tom is out of the service. Your youngest brother will be in school full time by then and your Dad can hire someone to come in afternoons, prepare supper and do the laundry. This solution will allow you to leave your family with a clear conscience. You will have given your Dad and the children one year out of your life and no young woman should feel guilty for not giving more. I concede it's a great sacrifice but one you will not regret having made. DEAR ANN: The woman next door is ruining my health. Her husband has been in South America on business for three months. About four nights a week she entertains a man ! know. My bedroom faces this woman's living room and she and that guy dance until 2 and 3 in the morning. Every night I swear I won't look because I have to get up at 6 a.m. But I can't resist the temptation and I am beat the next day. Please print this letter so I can send it anonymously to the husband in South America. Maybe if he knew what was going on he'd come home and 1 could get my rest. --PERFECT VISION DEAR PERFECT: Your vision might be great but you've got nose trouble.. Draw your blinds and get some sleep before you collapse. DEAR ANN I have a practical suggestion for that lady who was insulted because the hostess of the card party (in whose home she played three evenings a week) had a habit of handing her a package of garbage when she left and asked her to drop it in the container when she passed the alley. Since the girls do not play for money, only for fun, why not make the garbage the boo- Non-Toxic, Stainless New No-Roach Spray kills cockroaches, ants, spiders, fast! . . . yet is safe to use near children and pets. Don't take chances... take No-Koach Available at your. . . Handy Andy Stores by prize? The person with the low score has to drop it on the way home. This would be not only an incentive but it would make that certain woman feel like less of a garbage collector. - MR. FROM PLUMFIELD DEAR YOU: Thanks for the suggestion. And now about your language, Lovey, "Garbage Collector" went out with buggy whips and corset stays. Today the title is "Sanitation Engineer." Am Ltmdirj win M glaa to flelp you with your problems. Send them TO h»r In core ol 1hi» ntwspaper, en- dosing a Klf-etfttresHtf, stamped envelop*. © Publishers-Hall Syndicate s. w , 'ALLIED VAN UNES Allied Van Lines- all you need to know about whom to ccr// for moving. Crocker Transfer A Slt»|t tt, hr. "7h« Original -- Stloblished 1910" Corpus Christi's ONLY Store Devoted Exclusively to Half and Large Sizes SIZES !4Vz to 24 Va sas? $44 CHIC CHECKS IN DACRON® Done in this flattering pantsuit...o basic must for the modern woman who seeks comfort during her activi- ties. Smart tunic top with buckled scraf and convenient pockels... straight leg pants. Of Dacron® polyester in navy/white or black/white, ·CuPwl IiJ. li«(«m«ik by JO LESTER ORDER BY MAIL OR PHONE. Add 2.20 Tax and 85' Postage i i s - 3229 SO. ALAMEDA · 854-3001 ," Also in San Anlonio and Houston Educational facilities laboratory received a grant of $6,000 to design the center, and |125 000 was spent to build it. Expensive Operation Now, $50,000 is being spent on equipment and the training of personnel. In addition, first year operational costs are expected to run ?100,000, or $2,000 a child. Tuition charges range upward from $2 a week for those children--who are in the majority at the center--whose parents are at the lowest salary levels on the government scale. The rest of the funds are coming from the Office of Education. Barry Barnes, a Marine veteran who got his bachelor's degree from the University of New Mexico in 1952, is the center's director. He was most recently in Berkeley Calif., with the Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, which is under contract to operate the day care center. He is aided by a staff of seven, most of whom were interviewed and selected by a committee of parents before they were hired. Parents are also involved in the center as volunteer workers and through a series of discussions on early childhood education. Some philosoplucal disputes are simmering because not all of the professionals and not all of the parents are agreed on the approach to be used, particularly on the amount of freedom that the children should have. Whatever is ultimately decided, some of the children seem to have arrived at their decisions independently. One little girl in red shorts and a striped blue shirt was overheard to say to her companions: "All I know is this is the s w e 11 e s t place I've ever played." Cool Camera Hint Saves Memories DEAR HELOISE: With the hot weather upon us, once again we will be warned time and again to be careful with our cameras and film when they are closed up in hot and sunny cars. But we get only the warning --~with no advice. Well, I have found the answer. Just figure out how much space your equipment requires and stop by your favorite dry goods store and pick up one of. those plastic foam coolers with a tight-fitting lid, one that will safely hold all the stuff. It is best to get a new one to be sure it is completely dry. I have seen the temperature in my station wagon up to 120 degrees and even the metal parts of the camera were comfortably cool when taken from the cooler. NO coolant is to be used, naturally, and another added feature is that your valuable camera equipment will be hidden from would-be vandals. DEMPSEY MERRITT How right you are . . . memories of good times can be spoiled so easily by leaving that ol' memory-making camera closed up in a hot car with no protection. Something else that can quickly cut the picture-taking in a hurry is sand or moisture from the beach. Your nifty little idea is a must at the beach, on that long awaited vacation, as well as keeping the camera equipment ready for use all year round. '· HELOISE DEAR HELOISE: My 5-year-old d a u g h t e r came up with an idea for her doll's coat hangers. All she did was take two bread twistems and her little mind came up with hangers perfect for her small dolls. With one twistem you make, a small hook on one end, and, leaving the other twistem straight, you take the other end'of the one you have made the hook on, and twist it in the middle of the straight one. Because, the twistem is so pliable, the hangers can be made to fit most any type of small doll dress. DIANE LEAVITT ® King Features Syndicate Let us fertilize your yard the easy way--with PEST FOG, INC. lawn spra GOLD CREST COMPLETE BRIDAL SALONS AT BOTH COLBERTS STORES COAAPLETE SELECTION OF NEW BRIDAL GOWNS AND BRIDES MAID DRESSES $90.00 to $250 The Saga Of Sue vfhts'is'-Siie.. She is pretty, wise a great hpmernaker (with a budget), and interesting to boot--just like you. Bpt, oh what a problem she had! The time had cprne to purchase that long awaited new sbfa -- but where should she start? Should she make the rounds of all the stores in town, become confused seeing all those fabrics, styles, qualities, and prices? No, being a wise gal, shechose the obviousplace r- the finest store where they offered her complete interior design services as well as quality designer home furnishings. Browning Brothers^ she discp.yered, has 16,000 square feet of floor space divided into small cozy rooms -v one of \yhich just fit her situation. $he found room settings ff= f^n v\ in decofatecJ. jri fiyery style from elegarttpa^ ·jujjitfe^^ : -Ah experienced interior designer greeted herahd : yiisited : with her; to learn just what she wanted. And then the designer..skillfully"*guided SMejri selecting jqst the perfect, soialor her home, ·/.:;. ·^V; ^./d^ 1 ;·-··-..;· -V. ·· y- : ''; : '. ·:.- : .- : .- -. On top of everything; else the tbihg that pleased Sue's /husband the most was that the price for their new, well- designed and crafted sofa was within their budget. This all proved: that with the proper design guidance trom each member of Browning Brothers' trained, professional interior designers, Sue and her husband could enjoy good taste lir- ~ BROWNING INTERIOR DESIGN 2001 S. STAPLES 882-6241 GOOD DESIGN COSTS NO MORE

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