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Auditor General Jack Wagner Dedicates Renovated Child Care Center in Finance Building

HARRISBURG, Pa., April 15, 2010 – Auditor General Jack Wagner today lauded the Department of General Services and Hildebrandt Learning Center, LLC, as well as his own Office of Support Services for renovations to the Auditor General Child Care Center located in the Capitol Complex’s Finance Building. The renovations of the center include new paint and enhanced flooring, known as Konecto flooring throughout the facility, and updates to the restroom.

“John F. Kennedy once said, ‘Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future,’ and I could not agree with him more,” said Wagner who read a short story to the center’s 14 preschool children during dedication ceremonies this afternoon. “Thanks to DGS, Hildebrandt, my own staff, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children, these children will spend their days in a safer, brighter learning environment.”

The dedication of the renovated facility was held in conjunction with the celebration of the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) “Week of the Young Child.” The center is accredited by the NAEYC and also has a Star Four designation from the Keystone Stars Program, which is the highest accreditation possible from the Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.

The Auditor General Child Care Center was established in 1986 as the first work-site day care center in the Capitol Complex and has continuously provided quality, affordable child care to commonwealth employees, their families and the general public.

Though not directly affiliated with his department, the center has been assisted by Auditor General Wagner through administrative and maintenance support, as well as facility-related improvements throughout his tenure. Shortly after taking office in early 2005, Auditor General Wagner pledged to ensure that members of the general public or taxpayers could continue to enroll their children in the facility, which is a policy unique among the day care centers in the Capitol Complex.

The center is overseen by the Auditor General Child Care Association, a registered non-profit organization, made up of the parents and legal guardians of children enrolled at the center. The association works with the Department of the Auditor General and Hildebrandt Learning Centers to provide the best possible learning environment for the 38 children (from infant to preschool) that regularly attend the program.

The association is run by a board of six parent volunteers, which gives parents oversight responsibility for the operations, fiscal accountability, and quality control of the center. Parents are encouraged to visit the classroom and to participate in activities with the children. “For over 20 years, children have benefited from the care and early education provided through the center,” said Board President Jason Oyler. “As a parent and a member of the board, we look forward to supporting the center and its staff for years to come, as they pave the way today for our children to become the future leaders of tomorrow.”

“I would like to thank the association’s board members, the other active parents and the child care center’s administrators who have made this center the success that it is today,” Wagner said.

Auditor General Jack Wagner is responsible for ensuring that all state money is spent legally and properly. He is the Commonwealth’s elected independent fiscal watchdog, conducting financial audits, performance audits and special investigations. The Department of the Auditor General conducts more than 5,000 audits per year. To learn more about the Department of the Auditor General, taxpayers are encouraged to visit the department’s Web site at www.auditorgen.state.pa.us

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