On April 10, Bob Trinchero announced that he is in the process of donating St. Helena Corporate Child Care to Pacific Union College. Mr. Trinchero, chairman and CEO of Sutter Home Winery, and his wife, Evalyn, developed this property as a child care facility in 1992 in order to provide Sutter Home employees and local residents with a convenient, quality child-care option.
The Trinchero family chose Pacific Union College because of its long-standing reputation for excellent child care. Pacific Union College has operated a preschool in Angwin—Discoveryland Preschool—since the 1960s. Its preschool has not only provided a valuable service to the community, but also a training ground for PUC's highly regarded Early Childhood Education program.
St. Helena Corporate Child Care will continue to be operated by its current child care provider, the Knowledge Learning Corporation, until May 17, 2002. At that time, the facility's administrative operations will be transferred to Pacific Union College, managed by the college's Department of Education and Early Childhood Development Program.
According to John Collins, Ed.D., vice president for financial administration at Pacific Union College, "We're delighted that the Trincheros have confidence in our ability to provide a high quality preschool program for the children and families of our community." Noting the good reputation St. Helena Corporate Child Care has developed over the past decade, Collins said, "We intend to continue that mission, and will work towards a smooth transition for everybody involved."
Pending approval of a lot split by the St. Helena Planning Commission, a second building on the property will be maintained in its current use as offices owned and managed by B & E Properties, a company held by Bob and Evalyn Trinchero. Sutter Home Winery employees will continue to receive an optional preferred child care benefit under the management.