La Petite Academy to discontinue childcare on UT’s Main Campus

June 2, 2015 | News, UToday
By Jon Strunk

Following years of declining enrollments at its child care facility on Main Campus, The University of Toledo will discontinue the service Friday, June 26.

The University will continue to offer child care services to all University and community members at UT’s Early Learning Center near Health Science Campus.

“The reality is that fewer employees and students are taking advantage of this service,” said Jovita Thomas-Williams, UT vice president and chief human resources officer. “In the last five years, decreasing enrollment has led to the need for the University to provide steadily increasing subsidies to maintain operations and that’s simply not sustainable.”

Thomas-Williams said the University understands and regrets the inconvenience this change is for parents and children and is working on a plan to identify incentives for affected parents to transition to UT’s 5-star-rated Early Learning Center located at 1932 Birchwood Ave.

“In the next day or two, we will be communicating with the parents of those with children at La Petite Academy on the Main Campus to talk about what we believe to be a very attractive option in the short term, and we think that once parents experience the Early Learning Center, many will choose it on a permanent basis,” Thomas-Williams said.

All teachers at UT’s Early Learning Center have associate’s or bachelor’s degrees, and there also is a nurse on site. The center is one of only 26 centers in Ohio to have achieved a 5-star rating and is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

The University is contacting parents with additional information.Parents also can contact the Early Learning Center directly at 419.530.6710.

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