Emporia State University plans to close its child care center at the campus at the end of August, and parents are already stressed. The announcement was made in May, but even 15 months it feels like a short -term warning given the limited options for child care in the rural areas of Kansas. The movement has become a source of friction on campus.
"Many, like me, thought that SUU did not simply not provide child care!" Biological science professor Erika Martin said by email. "My initial reaction was indignation and disbelief, but now I would describe my most disappointed but not surprised feelings."
but the drama that develops on a child care center in Kansas is a microcosm of the struggles. In all higher education and the business world in general, while workers fight to find coverage for their children. Experts point out that, although the works are abundant, many eligible candidates freeze outside the workforce for their inability to ensure affordable child care.
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Although Emporia State officials say that the decision to close the Campus Child Care Center is the result of a variety of factors and has been in the works for years, that brings little comfort to parents workers.
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plans to demolish the old Butcher Education Center, the building that houses the Early Childhood Education Center, has been in the books since 2014, explained the spokesman for Emporia, Gwen Larson. With the next demolition, Campus officials decided to reassess the programs located in it, including the Early Childhood Education Program.googetag.cmd.push (function () Googetag.display ("dfp-ad-fiicle_in_article");););););););););););););););););););
part of the reason for the change is that the center was initially a "laboratory school for our students at the University of the Master," said Larson. But, over the years, the teacher's education program has evolved and now sends students to K-12 classrooms throughout the state, which means that the center was no longer necessary as a training field.
"The conclusion was that the Early Childhood Education Center was no longer sustainable," Larson said. "In addition to that, it was not a service widely used by our students, teachers or staff."
The moment the closure was announced, Larson said the center attended 40 students..
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Now Martin wonders how parents who work on the campus will handle meetings and classes or perform field work without child care once the center is officially closed. /p>
Martin also cares about how the absence of child care care will affect hiring and retention in the state of Emporia. And what about the students who trust the child care of the campus? Where will they become?
"If staff and faculty cannot find places for their children, some will not work again in ESU," Martin said. "If students cannot find child care, they will not attend the university in ESU. If money is a reason to close it, I wonder how this closure will increase the loss of registration and cost of recruitment such as staff and license of the Faculty. It will result in a loss at Multiple levels. "Googetag.cmd.push (function () Googetag.display (" dfp-ad-article_in_article_low ");););
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