Administration approves funding for child care center proposal

Efforts to increase the University's child care capacity took a big step forward Sept. 26 with Program and Budget Committee approval of funding for a proposal from the Campus Child Care Committee.

"I am thrilled about the opportunity to build a new child care center on campus," said Vice President and Dean for Campus Life Frances Lucas-Tauchar, chair of the Child Care Committee. "This community really needs additional facilities on campus for child care."

The Child Care Committee began meeting last spring to plan a new child care center to augment the existing Clifton Child Care Center, which opened in 1988 and currently serves nearly 200 children of faculty and staff not only from Emory, but also Egleston Children's Hospital and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Unlike Clifton Child Care, the new center will serve only the Emory community, with 20-30 spaces reserved for the children of Emory students. Clifton Child Care is not available to children of students.

With a capacity for 216 children, the $3-million, 15,000-square-foot facility will include:

* More than 10,000 square feet of classroom space for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers;

* 3,800 square feet of common areas including a library, gymnasium area, kitchen, breast-feeding room and laundry facilities;

* 540 square feet of office space; and

* 350 square feet of support space.

Also planned is a 10,000-square-foot playground area adjacent to the building. Sixty parking spaces will be provided.

Lucas-Tauchar said the center's proposed site, at the University Apartments next to the planned Hope Lodge, will have to be reviewed as part of the forthcoming campus master planning process, in addition to routine approvals by the Campus Development Committee, Committee on the Environment and appropriate committees of the Board of Trustees. She said if the proposed site is affected by the master planning process, the center's planned opening of May 1998 could be delayed.

If the site is approved, construction of the center, at the corner of Williams Lane and Shoop Court, will require demolition of six University Apartments residential buildings, as well as a storage building.

--Dan Treadaway

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