The Halloween tradition of Child Development Center children and teachers visiting offices throughout the College to trick or treat has been successful due to the generosity and enthusiasm of the college community. The children, families, and staff of the center would like to thank you for your participation in this activity over the past 17 years.

We strive to provide a developmentally appropriate and culturally relevant program for the families of Queens College student parents. Through the on-going assessment of the program, we have determined the need to establish a new tradition more reflective of our goals for children. This year, on Halloween, instead of trick-or-treating we are planning our first STORY BOOK PARADE. To promote an active interaction with books and to support the emerging literacy skills of our children, we will ask each child to come dressed as a character from his/her favorite book.

How can the community become involved?

Come view our STORY BOOK PARADE on Thursday, October 31, 2002 at 10:30 am.  You can see the children in their costumes as they walk with the teachers down the Quad to the library for our own celebration of books.

In lieu of candy, we are asking each office/department to support our continuing emphasis on literacy by selecting a representative to be a Guest Reader. The person selected will schedule a time, sometime during this semester, to come to the center, in Kiely Hall, to read a book to the children. To arrange Guest Reader appointments please complete the attached reservation form.

Our first Guest Reader will be the President of Queens College, James Muyskens, who will be reading a book to the children on October 31st.

On behalf of the children, families, staff and teachers of The Child Development Center, I would like to thank you all for your continuing support of the program. Check out our website at where we will feature our Guest Readers.