More childcare options for UGA employees, students

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A new University Childcare Center on the UGA Health Sciences campus opened in January with room for 146 children. Run by Prodigies Child Care Management LLC, which operates the Athens-based Little Prodigies day care center, the facility accommodates children ages 6 weeks to 4 years. University employees and students have priority for the spots, with some part-time spaces available. Up to 20 percent of the children may qualify for a discounted rate, based on family income. The center is the result of a 2008 comprehensive childcare needs assessment study that showed a demand for additional childcare options among UGA employees and students. UGA already has one childcare facility on campus, the McPhaul Child Development Lab, which accommodates children ages 8 weeks to 5 years and also serves as a research facility for students studying early childhood development. Both facilities are licensed by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and meet the National Association for the Education of Young Children standards in the areas of curriculum and staffing including student-to-teacher ratios, group size and continuing education for teachers.

Learn more about the University Childcare Center at http://www.universitychildcarecenter.uga.edu.