Dillon Center to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

BROOKLYN, NY - April 27, 2010 - St. Joseph’s College is proud to announce that the Dillon Center at St. Joseph’s College, one of the first model preschools in New York, will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Thursday, May 13 at 5:30 p.m. at the O’Connor Mall, located adjacent to the 232 Clinton Avenue Convent. At this event, St. Joseph’s will honor past and present educators from the College who have made a meaningful impact in the field of child study and to the St. Joseph’s community as a whole.

A fixture of the College campus since 1934, the Dillon Center was a revolutionary step forward in the field of child study when it first opened its doors with an emphasis on the child development approach to the education of young children. Over the years, the Dillon Child Study Center has proved to be an ideal training ground for thousands of child study majors by providing a model environment in which to observe and have practicum experience under the supervision of seasoned preschool educators. The Dillon Center embodies the philosophy and goals of the Child Study department, whereby teachers should consider the whole child, recognize the importance of the early years of development, and accept and respect the uniqueness of every child.

“The College has always taken great pride in our teacher preparation programs, and the Dillon Center is a key component of our Early Childhood curriculum. It provides our students with a unique opportunity to observe and work with children even before their student teaching experience, and so they are superbly prepared to meet the challenges in a real life environment,” said Sister Elizabeth A. Hill, president of St. Joseph’s College. “On behalf of the entire College community, I want to thank all those who, for the past 75 years, have contributed to this exceptional program.  It is impossible to overstate how important their work has been, or how grateful we are."

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St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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