The TWU Alumni Office often receives notice of the passing of one of our alumni. One particular obituary caught my eye recently because Norwyn Kent Worthey, age 93, not only graduated from Texas State College for Women but, according to the notice, also from Kindergarten at the College of Industrial Arts (CIA). I have heard other alumni and their family members speak of the Kindergarten that was once here on the Denton campus. So I went to the history books to get some additional information.
“The first kindergarten at a state college was instituted at CIA in 1917. For almost a century, the Denton campus has provided assistance to students with children through the kindergarten program, the demonstration school and the child development center.” (From Marking the Trail: The Quest Continues, 2001). These facilities provided child care for children of faculty and later students. If space allowed, Denton community members could enroll their children.
If you attended one of these TWU institutions and have memories or photos that you would like to share, we would like to receive them! Send to firstname.lastname@example.org the subject line “Kindergarten.” Or mail them to the TWU Office of Alumni Relations, PO Box 425725, Denton, TX 76204 Attn: Kindergarten
P. S. with a note of pride. TWU is still assisting student parents to provide childcare so that they may complete their education. The program, on the Denton campus, is called the Clubhouse and enrolls children (ages 5-12) of resident and commuting students for activities under licensed care. If space allows, faculty and staff children may enroll. http://www.twu.edu/housing/clubhouse.asp