Potential COD students and families can learn about the newly completed Child Development Center and other programs available

Child Development Center in Indio Complete

Indio Child Development Center

PALM DESERT—College of the Desert will hold a ribbon cutting and Family Night on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 3:30 p.m. at Indio Campus to commemorate the completion of the Indio Child Development Center.

Following the ribbon cutting, families and prospective students are welcome to enjoy a Family Night event, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Current and potential students and their families are invited to celebrate the opening of the Center; speak to staff about financial aid, registration and more; and get a sneak peek of the Roadrunner experience at the Indio Campus at an exciting Family Night event.

The Indio Child Development Center will make a significant contribution to student life at College of the Desert by allowing students with young kids to acquire affordable childcare on campus. It also allows early education majors to gain hands-on experience with kids. The new Child Development Center is an extension of COD’s effort to create accessible opportunities for learning.

Attendees of Family Night will learn about academic and student service programs, financial aid, and more. This is a great opportunity to learn about COD’s concurrent enrollment program and the EDGE/plEDGE program. Concurrent enrollment allows local high school students to graduate high school with college credits at no cost. This helps prepare them for higher education and allows them to save money!

EDGE connects students with services that provide a smooth transition into college courses. Through plEDGE, high school graduates within Coachella Valley can enjoy two full years of free tuition and fees by participating in 10 hours of community service, attending a career pathway workshop, and maintaining full-time status for Fall and Spring semesters.

“We saw a great response to our Family Night in Palm Desert,” said Katie Chartier, Director of Student Success and Outreach. “We love helping make college more approachable and connecting students with services and programs that can help them overcome financial and educational barriers to getting a degree because when you succeed, the entire community succeeds. By the end of the evening, we hope you’ll be able to embrace our slogan ‘Your Community. Your college.’”

Informational sessions about English as a Second Language (ESL) programs and Adult Basic Education will also be provided. All presentations will be given in English and Spanish.

During the event, COD will provide opportunities to learn about:

  • Academic and Student Support Programs
  • Financial Aid
  • English as a Second Language and Adult Basic Education
  • Dual & Concurrent Enrollment
  • COD’s free tuition program, EDGE/plEDGE

Staff members will be available to assist with applying to College of the Desert or registering for the Spring 2024 term. Attendees that RSVP for the event ahead of time can enjoy free food. Please RSVP here or call 760-674-7645. For questions, please email familynight@collegeofthedesert.edu.

Image Sources

  • Child Development Center 1: COD