Adult Day Services

Intergenerational Program

Neighbors Growing Together

Adult Day Services at Virginia Tech was planned as an intergenerational site. In 1989 Wallace Hall was home to the Department of Family and Child Development (now Human Development) and its internationally known Child Laboratory Center (now Child Development Center for Learning and Research). In 1991-92 Wallace Hall was doubled in size and the new space included the Adult Day Services center co-located with the Child Lab. An open space room situated between the centers serves as a common exit to an outside shared patio and as an activity area easily accessible by the older adults and their 3 and 4-year old neighbors.

Enthusiastic and motivated center faculty and staff and support of Virginia Tech’s Center for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (now the Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research or CIDER), the Neighbors Growing Together coalition of faculty, administrators and students soon were embarking on a community-building project, teaching students about integrating generations, conducting research on child-adult interaction quality, testing methodology, encouraging graduate research and garnering awards for the quality of the program:

Re-Designed Program of Distinction, 2015-2017

Eisner Prize for Intergenerational Excellence, 2012

Program of Distinction, 2012-2014 Generations United

Intergenerational Shared Site Excellence Awards, 2008
Generations United

Best Practices Award to Neighbors Growing Together, 2006
Southern Gerontological Society

Excellence in Team Outreach Award, 2005-2006
Virginia Tech

Members of Neighbors Growing Together include:
Karen Gallagher, Alexa Gardner, Ila Schepisi, Eric Stachelski