Photo by Brittany Lieberman/ Viking - Children at the LBCC Child Development Center use their imagination to create submarines and castles during cardboard day at the center in October 2014.
Photo by Brittany Lieberman/ Viking – Children at the LBCC Child Development Center use their imagination to create submarines and castles during cardboard day at the center in October 2014.

By Omar Reyes

Staff Writer

A child-care center is available for LBCC students, employees and the community and it can be free through subsidies for those who qualify.
The daycare program, which includes meals, is offered for students with children ages 2 through 5. Parents can chose to register for the full-day program from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. or the partial-day option from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.
LBCC student Ryan Myers, 18, a criminology major, said, “I think people need it and to know their child is in a safe place while they’re bettering their future is a great thing.”
The program, going onto its sixth year at LBCC, can help qualifying students, said Stacey Smith-Clark, manager at the Child Development Center. “If they (students) know that their children are safe and well-cared for, then they will do better in school,” Smith-Clark said. “They may be able to take more classes, they may be able to finish their degree more quickly, they may be able to balance their life essentially, they’re able to go to school and work and know that their children are well-cared for.”
To see if they qualify for the subsidized program, students must fill out an application and prove they are of low-income and in need of child care. It is also important for students with children enrolled in the program to maintain a minimum of a 2.0 GPA or they will no longer be eligible for the subsidies, Smith-Clark said.
The Child Development Center and Learning Labs are in Building HH at the PCC and 4630 Clark Ave near the LAC. For more information people may call (562) 938-4253 for the LAC or (562) 938-3185 for the PCC.