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Child-care center management selected

At its December meeting, Miami’s board of trustees reaffirmed approval of the construction and operation of a child-development center and authorized the university to contract with Dayton-based Mini-University for the management of the new center.
Mini-University was recommended for the management contract by the selection committee, based on a proposal, public presentation, evaluations from community members and site visits. The firm currently operates child-care centers at Wright State University, Miami Valley Hospital and Montgomery County Government Services.

"We feel very fortunate that Mini-University is ready at this time to expand to a fourth center here at Miami," said Adolph Haislar (auxiliary services), chair of the committee. "Its reputation in the child-care industry is unparalleled, and we got nothing but glowing responses from people who attended the public presentation and from parents and teachers at their current centers."

Originally scheduled to be built this winter and spring and opening in fall 2001, complications in the construction bidding process have delayed the center’s projected completion date. Contracts, however, have now been awarded and construction will begin as soon as weather allows. The center is now scheduled to open summer 2002.

As a result of this delay, the Child Studies Laboratory, a preschool program at Hanna House operated by the teacher education department, will remain open an additional academic year. This program will cease operation once the new center is operational.

The Child Development Center will offer year-round child care for infants (six weeks and above) through kindergarten-age, on an extended-hour schedule of, minimally, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. The center will be located on the Western campus, next to Thompson Hall.

Miami students, faculty and staff interested in enrolling their children at the center should complete a waiting list application, available from René McKinstry at the Child Studies Laboratory, 101 Hanna House. Forms are in a box on the door of McKinstry’s office when she is unavailable.

Date Published: 01/11/2001
Volume: 20   Number: 20

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