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Provost's Child Care Planning for the Twin Cities Campus

The University is undertaking a set of steps related to child care planning for the Twin Cities campus. The steps were shaped by recommendations of the Provost's Child Care Advisory Committee (PCCAC, which was jointly convened by Executive Vice President Karen Hanson and University governance in spring 2018.

A message from the president and provost in September 2018 outlined steps aligned with the recommended guiding values and goals. Key steps include:

  • Unification of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School (SMLS) and the Child Development Center (CDC) into a single, academically rooted program within CEHD. The unified, research-based program will accommodate all children currently served by existing Lab School and CDC. A program integration planning process is under way as part of CEHD collegiate academic planning. Concurrently, University Services is working with CEHD on expansion of the current CDC building in order to serve the unified program. More information and FAQs can be found on the CEHD program unification website: unifiedprogram.umn.edu.
  • Phase-in of new child care capacity on or near campus, through an RFP process to identify potential additional child care options through collaborations with external providers. An RFP for external providers to operate up to two new child care sites, one on the East Bank and one on the West Bank, is nearing conclusion. The University is engaged in discussions with potential providers to determine that they will meet the needs and expectations of the campus, aligned with the guiding values recommended by the PCCAC.  More news will be available by early fall 2019.
  • A further advisory committee on campus child care to provide continued input on issues and options related to the child care needs of the campus community. To draw on the thoughtful work of the PCCAC, this new committee will include some members from the PCCAC, along with representatives from governance, union representatives, faculty and staff with salient perspectives and expertise, and student representatives. This committee will be convened by the provost following the conclusion of the RFP process that may identify changes to the campus childcare landscape (expected fall 2019, as noted above)The charge and additional info will be posted on this site when the committee is convened.

Links to campus childcare updates are below. Further updates will be posted on this site as the campuswide discussion moves forward.

News and Updates

Report of Provost's Child Care Advisory Committee

PDF iconView or download the report of the Provost's Child Care Advisory Committee for the TC campus (Aug. 2018)


Provost Hanson message 08/29/2019: Update on New Campus Child Development Program: CDC-SMLS Unification
Provost Hanson and VP Berthelsen message 5/22/19: Update on Child Care Planning for the Twin Cities Campus
Provost Hanson message 12/19/2018: Update on Child Care Planning for the TC Campus
President Kaler and Provost Hanson message 9/18/2018: Next Steps in Child Care Planning
Provost Hanson message 3/13/2018: Exploring Child Care Options for the Campus Community
President Kaler message 2/23/2018: CDC Postponed As We Pursue Alternatives
Provost Hanson message 1/26/2018: Next Steps Related to CDC Closure

Child Care Planning News Archive

CDC-Lab School Unified Program

CEHD program unification/academic planning website

Provost's Child Care Advisory Committee (March-Aug. 2018)

Provost's charge to advisory committee


We invite your input on the campus child care conversation. (You must be logged into your UMN x500 account to see the comment form.)