NIU’s Campus Child Care and the Child Development Lab are merging to become the Child Development and Family Center. The merger means more child care options for NIU students, faculty and staff beginning this summer.
Expanded infant care options will be available all year long. Previously, infant care was only available at Campus Child Care during the academic year, with some limited year-long availability at the Child Development Lab.
The application deadline for summer infant care is Monday, April 16. Additional infant care spaces will open in the fall, and that application deadline is Monday, June 18.
Though there’s increased capacity, families can expect the same high-quality care, said Kristin Schulz, director of Campus Child Care. Additionally, students, faculty and staff will continue to receive priority in enrolling their children. Students will still receive a 10 percent discount for child care.
“Since 1978, CCC has provided high-quality child care to the campus community. We are so excited to be able to expand options for students and families and look forward to serving a whole new generation of families,” said Schulz.
Thomas Pavkov, chair of the NIU School of Family and Consumer Sciences, agrees.
“This is exciting because, with expanded infant and toddler care available, some students will be able to remain in school whereas, without this option, they might need to delay achieving their academic goals,” said Pavkov.
The new Child Development and Family Center will benefit students in the Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) program. There will be increased opportunities for them to gain child care experience in specific age groups.
“The merger also will provide the HDFS students new opportunities to work with both children and families in a modern facility as part of both internship and practicum experiences,” said Pavkov.