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Nova Southeastern University's reputation for innovative, hands-on, active learning is evidenced through the programs in the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development (MSC) located on the grounds of the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village in Ft. Lauderdale, with a community outreach satellite facility in Tampa. In collaboration with other NSU centers, the Mailman Segal Center is one of the largest and most highly respected, comprehensive early childhood demonstration and training facilities of its kind.

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MSC’s Parenting Place named the “Best of the Best” by MomsInTheKnow.org

The Parenting Place offers remarkable programs for families and children to learn, play, and grow together. Our award-winning classes are held in the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village, a wondrous place filled with innovative, fun, and educational environments; indoor and outdoor playgrounds; and a magical water-play fountain. Your family will play and learn with our highly trained and enthusiastic early childhood professionals in our award-winning parent/child classes. Your preschooler will learn and be entertained in our Just for Kids programs. New moms and dads will discover the wonders of their baby in our free "Amazing Newborn" class.

Contact us at parenting@nova.edu or ext 27127 for more information or to try a class

MSC gave us our child back

When Jayden Carr turned six on February 27,he had chalked up multiple hospital stays, hundreds of hours of rehabilitation and physical therapy, and countless days working with speech and behavioral therapists. Yet, anyone who comes in contact with him says just about the same thing: Jayden Carr has the determination of an Olympic athlete.

It was a little more than three years ago when the then-two-year-old from Hollywood, Florida, was in a car being driven by his grandmother, Pamela Carr. It was a sunny afternoon on September 12, 2006. A woman with a history of drunken driving on her police record sped through a four-way stop, smashing into the back seat door where Jayden was sitting. Call it mother's intuition, but Amy Bobotis-Carr had a hunch something was wrong. She vividly remembers the day that her life and that of her family's was forever changed. "I knew that day when I kissed him goodbye that it could be the last goodbye," Bobotis-Carr recalled. "At the exact time of the accident, around 3:15 p.m., I started to get nervous. I was pacing." Jayden and his grandmother usually arrived home between 3:15 and 3:30, so there was no tardiness, just a mother's gut feeling about her child."'Something is not right,' I said to myself, so I went looking," she said. Not far from the family home, she saw her mother-in-law's car, smashed and pushed onto the lawn of a home. "Police told me they had never seen anything like it. You don't expect to see seasoned policemen with tears in their eyes." The following weeks were a "painful nightmare," said Bobotis-Carr, as she and her husband, Randy, knew they had to accept what had happened. Jayden had suffered severe traumatic brain injury. They had to move on and do the best for their child.

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Team NSU Raises Thousands of Dollars for the 2010 Walk Now for Autism

Thousands of people joined Team NSU raise money during the 2010 Walk Now for Autism recently held on NSU's main campus. Despite the dismal weather, an estimated 10,000 people enjoyed free ice cream, cotton candy, fruit, popcorn, and other treats as they raised awareness about the increasing prevalence of autism. Some memorable moments included performances by The Exceptional Theatre Company; a rap group called "The Groundhogs," and a beautiful rendition of the National Anthem sung by Jonathan Richard, a young man with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Team NSU was, by far, the largest team with 358 registered walkers, 116 more walkers than last year! More importantly, Team NSU raised $13,168.00 (so far) in their efforts to fund autism research and programs for local children and adults with autism.

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