Homewood campus child care center to open next fall

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In response to the needs expressed by members of its workforce, Johns Hopkins University has moved forward with plans to open a child care center on the Homewood campus in fall 2015. The center will care for children ranging in age from 10 weeks through 5 years.

A temporary structure will be built on the Stony Run parking lot at the corner of Wyman Park Drive and Remington Avenue, along the southwestern edge of campus. The modular one-level building will be used until the university is able to design and construct a permanent facility at the northeast corner of the campus.

The announcement was made to faculty and staff in an email sent by Robert Lieberman, provost and senior vice president for academic affairs; Ed Schlesinger, dean of the Whiting School of Engineering; Beverly Wendland, interim dean of the Krieger School of Arts and Sciences; and Daniel G. Ennis, senior vice president for finance and administration.

"As our employees balance career pursuits and family life, child care looms as a critical issue," they wrote.

The university has selected Downtown Baltimore Child Care to run the center. The local longtime child care leader was chosen after an extensive review process that took into account high staff-to-child ratios and strong staff credentials—factors that early-childhood researchers emphasize are part of high-quality programs.

The administrators wrote that this project began in earnest in 2010, with an exploratory process that included extensive consultation with faculty and staff members. Information about that process is available at http://hopkinsworklife.org/child-care-centers.

Development will begin with removal of the parking surface, followed by renovation and mitigation of the site. Routine testing indicated spots of old petroleum contamination, believed to be present in the soil brought in decades ago as fill. The entire site will be remediated to ensure the project exceeds applicable state safety standards.

Tuition rates and information about the application and enrollment process will be announced soon. In the meantime, employees can direct questions to the Office of Work, Life, and Engagement at worklife@jhu.edu or 443-997-7000.

The Stony Run parking lot was closed in early October so that construction could begin. Employees who had been parking their vehicles there were contacted individually with information about equivalently priced parking alternatives.

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