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 leaders in spring 2018. (View committee report.)
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 strategic expansion of the current CDC building in order to serve the unified program. Information and FAQs about this college-led process 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 is anticipated during fall semester 2019-20.
- A further advisory committee on campus child care to provide input on issues and options related to the child care needs of the campus community. This committee likely 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 as it may identify changes to the campus childcare landscape. The charge and additional info will be posted on this site when the committee is convened.
News and Updates
Report of Provost's Child Care Advisory Committee
of the Provost's Child Care Advisory Committee for the TC campus (Aug. 2018)
Provost 08/29/2019: Update on New Campus Child Development Program: CDC-SMLS Unification
Provost and VP UServices 5/22/19: Update on Child Care Planning for the Twin Cities Campus
Provost 12/19/2018: Update on Child Care Planning for the TC Campus
President and Provost 9/18/2018: Next Steps in Child Care Planning
Provost 3/13/2018: Exploring Child Care Options for the Campus Community
President 2/23/2018: CDC Closure Postponed As We Pursue Alternatives
Provost 1/26/2018: Next Steps Related to CDC Closure