August 29, 2019: Update on New Campus Child Development Program: CDC-SMLS Unification

Dear Campus Community,

I write with an update on the planning underway for the integration of the current Child Development Center and the Shirley G. Moore Lab School. This process, which began last fall, involves a commitment by the College of Education and Human Development and the University administration to preserve and build on the strengths of both the CDC and the SMLS, recognizing the strengths and the distinctive role of each in early childhood education and child development.

This program integration was one of several recommendations of the campus advisory committee on child care that was jointly convened by University administration and governance. The new program will maintain the current CDC capacity for campus families within an expanded program that includes both campus and community families served by the SMLS half-day program. No displacement will occur for children currently served or waitlisted in either the CDC or SMLS, and all current staff and teachers will be retained as University employees within the new unified program.

A planning workgroup and parent-faculty advisory team have been working together to shape a detailed plan for the unified program. At the same time, planning has been underway for the expansion of the building that currently houses the CDC (at 1600 Rollins Avenue S.E. in Minneapolis) in order to accommodate a new unified program. University Services staff have been working with CEHD on this project. Faculty, teachers, and parents of both programs continue to be engaged in both programmatic and building planning.

I invite you to visit the website for the new program to learn more about the vision for the unification of the CDC and SMLS. This fall we will post updates about ongoing efforts to provide additional child care capacity for the campus. University Services is currently in the late phases of an RFP process, with the goal of expanding access to high-quality child care aligned with guiding values recommended in the committee’s report. You can expect to hear more about that effort later in the fall as that process comes to a conclusion. We also expect to establish a standing advisory committee on campus child care to provide continued input on the child care needs of the campus community. Please visit the EVPP website for periodic updates.


Karen Hanson
Executive Vice President and Provost

Email sent August 29, 2019 to all Twin Cities faculty and staff.