Santa Fe Community College Appoints Margaret Zenn Director of Kids Campus

"Kids Campus supports the growth of children ages 8 weeks to 5 years through learning centers and playgrounds"

Date August 27, 2012 at 4:20 PM

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Publication SantaFe.com

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From a Santa Fe Community College press release...

A well-known leader in child development with experience directing three Santa Fe child care centers has taken the helm at Santa Fe Community College’s Kids Campus. The college has appointed Margaret “Maggie” Zenn director of the center. She brings with her more than 30 years of experience with children, the last 12 of which were in Santa Fe.

“This is a time of amazing growth at Kids Campus,” Zenn said. “The center has highly skilled staff and quality programs. I’m really just the conductor of the orchestra; the teachers make the music.”

Zenn started working with children in high school, when she opened an art school for preschoolers in her parents’ basement. She most recently directed St. John’s United Methodist Church’s TLC and Preschool. She directed the Tara School and was the founder/director of the Sage School. Zenn said that since beginning work at Kids Campus on July 30, “I wake up every morning with a smile on my face.”

Zenn first came to Santa Fe in 1980 from Kentucky to attend College of Santa Fe on a scholarship, but didn’t settle here until 1999. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities: Literature and Philosophy from the University of Louisville and a Master of Arts in Early Childhood Education from the University of Phoenix.

Located on the south side of the SFCC campus, Kids Campus supports the growth of children ages 8 weeks to 5 years through learning centers and playgrounds. The teaching staff works to promote children’s learning and development and to support families’ diverse needs and interests.

About a year after the SFCC governing board discussed closing the center, Kids Campus has made strides toward financial independence by reducing costs, gaining grants and ensuring tuition rates better reflect those of the Santa Fe market. Other changes include:

·       New playground equipment in all of the play areas, funded through a 2010 bond. The improvements should be installed by the end of the year.

·       A new advisory council of parents, teachers and community members is being created to promote best practices, support early childhood educators and act as a resource to the SFCC board, president and staff; this council is based on the recommendation of staff and parents who met during a retreat this past April.

·       SFCC and New Mexico Highlands University are developing a program that will allow graduates of SFCC’s two-year early childhood education program to work toward a bachelor’s degree at NMHU, using Kids Campus as a lab school where student teaching can be observed and facilitated.

Kids Campus is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and maintains a five-star license with the New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department. Kids Campus staff coordinates with faculty from SFCC’s Teacher Education Program to stay informed about best practices in early childhood development and education. More information is available at (505) 428-1380 or http://kidscampus.sfcc.edu

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