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   from the issue of April 22, 2004

Task force created to study child care

Chancellor Harvey Perlman has appointed a task force of faculty, staff and student representatives to review the possibility of expanding child-care options at UNL.

UNL’s University Child Care provides licensed child-care services for about 90 children. The current program is in leased space at the YWCA building at 1432 N St. It operates year-round and serves children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The task force will conduct a review of the current child-care program and discuss expansion of the program so more faculty, staff and students with young children could participate.

This task force will also solicit requests for proposals for other child-care options in August, evaluate bidder responses and interview selected bidders in September and October, and make recommendations to Perlman in October.

The options of where to house a child-care center on City Campus are under review. The former swimming pool adjacent to the Abel-Sandoz residential hall complex may become a site for this program. UNL staff is gathering cost estimates for retrofitting this structure.

The task force members are Bruce Currin, chair, assistant vice president for human resources; Gayle Buck, Academic Senate representative; Tad McDowell, UAAD representative; Patricia Liedle, UNOPA representative; Michelle Rupiper, Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory; Marjorie Kostelnik, dean, College of Education & Human Sciences; Alisson Letheby, student representative; and Christine Jackson, vice chancellor of business and finance.



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