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MDC’s Renowned School of Education Officially Names its State-of-the-Art Pre-School Lab

The nationally accredited Exploration Station is one of the only science, technology, engineering, and mathematics focused institutions of its kind in Miami-Dade County
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Miami, January 18, 2012 - At a naming ceremony hosted by Miami Dade College’s (MDC) InterAmerican Campus today, the School of Education officially named its pre-school lab, Exploration Station: The Pre-School at Miami Dade College.

“The name was chosen based on one of the principles of pre-school education, which is teaching children to explore the world around them,” said Dr. Susan Neimand, MDC’s director of the School of Education. “We wanted the name to reflect our commitment to a child-centered environment where children learn based on their interests, and in a safe and nurturing environment that encourages this type of learning.”

Joining in the ceremony were Evelio C. Torres, president and CEO of The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; Dr. Gina Cortes-Suarez, president of MDC’s InterAmerican Campus; and Dr. José A. Vicente, president of MDC’s North Campus, among others. Also on hand to make the special announcement were nine pre-school children, who revealed the school’s name by holding up large letter cards that spelled out the school’s official name. 

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the Exploration Station Pre-School is one of the only science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)–focused pre-schools in Miami-Dade County. Located at MDC’s North Campus and operated by the College’s InterAmerican Campus faculty and staff, the state-of-the art school features a child-centered environment that stimulates learning based on each child’s unique interests – blending sensory exploration and hands-on experience.

In addition to a traditional pre-school curriculum and classroom, children at the Exploration Station Pre-School step outside of the bricks-and-mortar classroom to tend to their very own garden. Through this garden, the students learn about environmental sustainability, how to care for plants and herbs, good nutrition and healthy eating habits. Children also begin to develop their writing skills by keeping personal lab journals devoted to the growth of the garden. Housing 100 children, from age 1 to pre-kindergarten, Exploration Station Pre-School also serves as a demonstration site for students pursuing degrees in early childhood education.

For more information about MDC’s School of Education or the Exploration Station Pre-School Lab, contact Dr. Susan Neimand at 305-237-6152 or

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