Home / Initiatives

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 President Kaler and EVPP Hanson in September 2018 outlined steps aligned with the recommended guiding values and goals. Key steps include:

  • Integration of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School (SMLS) and the Child Development Center (CDC) into a single, academically rooted program within CEHD. An integration planning process has been launched. More information, including the charge, members, and FAQs, is posted on the CEHD program integration website: newprogram.umn.edu.
  • Phase-in of new child care capacity on or near campus, including expansion of the current CDC building to accommodate the children currently served by both the CDC and SMLS and to provide expanded capacity through the addition of an infant program and part-time care, and an RFP process to support the expansion of child care options through collaboration with external partners. 
  • Standing advisory committee on campus child care as a vehicle for continued input on issues and options related to the child care needs of the campus community (will also play an advisory role in the ongoing evaluation of child care programs established through collaborations with external partners. To draw on the thoughtful work of the PCCAC, this broader standing committee will include several members from that group, along with representatives from governance, union representatives, faculty and staff with salient perspectives and expertise, and student representatives. The charge and list of members will be posted on this site soon.

Links to past childcare messages 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 child care advisory committee for the TC campus (August 2018)


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

Provost's Child Care Advisory Committee

Provost's charge
PCCAC members

CDC-Lab School Integration

Program integration planning website


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