This modern child care center opened in 2001 and is located one mile from the main campus on Riceville Road. The center is committed to the goal of providing high quality child care and early childhood development to children of diverse backgrounds including those with special needs and those from low-income families. The Mountain Area Child and Family Center represents a dynamic model of quality childcare and early childhood development, providing experiential learning for current and future teachers, while serving children and families through innovative collaborations with education, health care, and community organizations. The Mountain Area Child and Family Center houses six classrooms for infants through preschoolers, a family resource room, a health center, an art room, a multipurpose room, a kitchen, teachers' lounge, offices, and an adult teaching area. The unusual "backyard" playground was built by Warren Wilson students and volunteers. Students from the Education, Psychology, and Social Work departments, as well as the Work Program and the Service Learning Center, participate in the MACFC.