By: Jocelyn Langford
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Senator Daniel Inouye and other military leaders helped untie a maile lei to celebrate the grand opening of a new child development center at Ford Island.
The facility provides care for over three hundred children of active duty military. The teachers use curriculum for a healthy blend of fun and learning. The developmental lessons are based on the child's age and ability.
LCDR Michelle Roseano, mother of three, loves biking her youngest to the Child Development Center and then biking over to her work. She says that the center encourages parents to come and visit their children during the day and it's easy for her since she works just a short walk away.
"They'll have pictures of the family on the wall or different little activities, they'll ask for a collage of family pictures, so I think they do good; they do really good work with the children," Roseano said.
The facility offers care to children as young as 6 weeks and as old as 5 years. They put a strong emphasis on nutrition and the children eat their meals in a family style: in their classroom, with their teacher.
Senator Inouye was very happy with the new facility, "It's a symbol of cooperation, the Navy working with non-military organizations. It makes me very proud to see how much they're working at this."
The center also earned a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for being environmentally friendly. It has a 50 kilowatt roof PV system, energy star appliances and an energy efficient AC system.