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Miami forms child-care steering committee

02/26/1998

OXFORD, Ohio -- Edward Demske, senior vice president for finance and university services and treasurer, has appointed a seven-member committee to guide the efforts of the personnel department in assessing the economic feasibility of establishing a child-care center on Miami's Oxford campus.

Members include Joseph Costa and Barbara Jena, unclassified staff; Phyllis Watts and Lewis Farler, classified staff; John Hughes and Kathy McMahon-Klosterman, faculty; and Lisa Weddendorf, facilities planning. The project is being coordinated by Lara Osborne, personnel.

The committee is to guide the project coordinator in making recommendations about the prospective center.

They will help disseminate information about the progress of the project to the Miami community, make recommendations about center programming and design and participate in drafting a request for proposals.

In addition, they will visit child-care centers to gather ideas about desirable features, work with university planners to recommend appropriate possible sites for the center and evaluate potential contractors to manage the center.

The effort is the result of recommendations made in the May 1997 Dependent Care Survey Report, which concluded that finding child care and making arrangements for the hours needed "are major problems for parents of young children in the Miami University community." It also found that "evidence shows wide interest and support for an on-site child-care center."

The survey was designed and analyzed by the Cincinnati agency Comprehensive Community Child Care.

Focus groups are expected to be held to obtain additional information on Miami's child-care needs.

For more information, contact Osborne at 9-2027 or osbornlc@muohio.edu.

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