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Day care plan presented to campus community

April 30th, 2009

Recently John Carroll has been considering day care facilities to be used by faculty and students. A meeting regarding the possibility of creating a day care on campus took place on Friday, April 24.

Present at the meeting were Janet Larsen of the psychology department, various faculty and staff members, as well as a group of business students who researched the possibility of the day care.

The research presented thus far has only been that of an interest group.
Larsen has completed a variety of surveys to gauge how important day care facilities would be on campus.

According to Larsen’s survey results, 95.7 percent of those who responded felt that people would use a day care. It was also determined from the results that 55.6 percent of those surveyed would appreciate having day care available year round.

Larsen said that there has been interest in creating a day care at JCU since she began teaching at the university 25 years ago.

In addition to Larsen’s work, two student groups from the Bolar School of Business have researched more in depth the possibility of a JCU day care center.

According to John Smith, a senior accounting major who was a part of the group that presented at the meeting, something has to be done about bringing a day care center to JCU.

Smith said, “There is a need from the surveys and this is the best way to make it happen [in reference to their groups’ business plan].”

The group’s business plan involves outsourcing the day care to a company called Bright Horizons.

The seniors’ business group included Matt Huml, Sam Gonder, Scott Martinelli, Paul O’ Donnell, Kaiti Sekerak, John Smith and Mike Spinelli.

Bright Horizons already has two child care facilities on the Ohio State University campus, both of which currently have waiting lists.

At the day care facilities meeting, it was made clear that one of the biggest problems in moving forward with the idea is how to fund it.

The student group found it difficult to  put together the exact costs, but after researching day care centers the figures given in the presentation were estimations of what the cost could be.

Costs would include workers’ salaries, equipment, utilities, maintenance and food.

The total cost for the day care center was estimated to be approximately $429,879. The group concluded that the day care would have to charge $764 a month per child and that it would take three years to break even.

The group believed that the University could pay for part of the day care cost. The rest of the cost would be covered by tuition paid by those who use the day care.

A benefit of having Bright Horizons partner with JCU is that education majors would have the chance to observe the classrooms.

Another benefit of the day care, according to the group, is that it could attract more people to JCU.

Another group of students created a day care business plan, but did not present their plan at the meeting.

Their business plan was similar to that of the other group, but they concluded that the costs of creating and maintaining a high quality day care service were too high for JCU.

Larsen said that the information from the group would be sent to the Faculty Council.

Since those involved with the day care so far are only in the capacity of an interest group, they do not have the ability to decide if JCU has the budget to create a day care.

According to Larsen, she will recommend to the Faculty Council that they assign the project to the  Faculty Council Committee on Gender and Diversity.

“We want the group that takes the project next to encourage more faculty, staff, students and administrators in any planning,” said Larsen.