NEW ALBANY, IN, (Aug. 1, 2012) – The Indiana University Southeast Children’s Center is seeking to upgrade to a state-licensed facility.
The Children’s Center is applying for a state license which will allow for additional funding and educational opportunities for the center and its users. The process is underway and the center is hoping to receive the license by September.
Becoming a state-licensed facility will allow the Children’s Center to be used by the University as a site for observation and practicums from students and classes, as well as to apply for additional state and federal funding.
Parents who use the center could also be eligible to receive additional state and federal funding to subsidize daycare and participate in the Child and Adult Food Program for free or reduced rate lunches. As a state-licensed facility, the Children’s Center would be able to provide meals for all children rather than asking parents to supply breakfast, lunch, and snacks.
The upgrade will also encourage separate learning areas for toddler-age and school-age children and require staff leaders to hold a Child Development Associate Degree or be in the process of earning a Bachelor’s in Education.
The Children’s Center is also examining the possibility of operating on a calendar year schedule rather than the academic year.
IU Southeast began providing child care for students in 1978. Since then, the Center has been open to all students, faculty, staff, and the community. The Children’s Center is operated by the University and is subsidized by Student Activity Fees. IU Southeast is the only university in the Southern Indiana/Greater Louisville region offering on-site child care.
The Children’s Center provides a safe environment, trained staff, and structured learning activities for potty trained children ages 3 through 12. Rates and hours can be found at www.ius.edu/campuslife/childrencenter.