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APSU Child Learning Center earns three stars from the state


CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. – The Austin Peay State University Child Learning Center has earned another accolade, receiving three stars in its yearly state assessment. That’s the highest score a licensed child care facility can earn.

The CLC, located in the Sexton Building on Eighth Street, serves children from 2 ½ to 5 years of age. It also offers evening care to children up to 12 years of age for APSU students attending night classes.

Officials with the state judged the center in seven categories, including director qualifications, professional development, developmental learning, parent/family involvement, ratio and group size, staff compensation and program assessment. The CLC earned three stars in all seven categories.

Earlier this year, Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam also designated the CLC as a Gold Sneaker Facility. The state’s Gold Sneaker Initiative was developed to enhance policies related to health and wellness within licensed child care facilities across Tennessee. The main criteria for the award include providing healthy food options, physical activities and keeping children away from tobacco smoke. 

“We want to make sure children aren’t obese.” Connie Sanders, director of CLC, said earlier this year. “We’re also fighting children’s diabetes and lung disease.”

For more information on the center or its three-star designation, contact Sanders at 221-6234.