College of DuPage Announces Closing of the Louise M. Beem Early Childhood Center June 2018
By Wendy Parks
In an ongoing effort to improve operational efficiencies and financial savings, College
of DuPage will close its Early Childhood Center (ECC)
June 1, 2018.
For the past six years, the ECC’s enrollment has continued to decline as operational costs have increased. The ECC, which has been open since 1976, has a current enrollment of 76 full- and part-time children and 20 staff. The ECC capacity is 120 and enrollment has decreased 28% from 2010. Read frequently asked questions.
It is a part of the Continuing Education department at College of DuPage and is licensed by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.
“We are committed to ensuring the highest and best use of our facilities at the College for both internal and external customers,” said Donna Stewart, interim vice president of Academic Affairs. “After careful consideration, we believe it is in the best interest of the College of DuPage community to close the Early Childhood Center at the conclusion of the academic year.”
College of DuPage officials communicated with staff and parents at the ECC this week to ensure all families have the opportunity to experience a smooth transition to obtain alternative quality education and daycare by June.
“Over the course of the next several months, we will host parental sessions in partnership with local daycare providers to highlight various childcare options within DuPage County,” said Stewart. “We want to make certain that all parents of the Early Childhood Center have up-to-date information to make informed decisions.”
Currently, DuPage County has more than 500 daycare providers in the region and 100 of those facilities are located within close proximity of the College.
The discontinuation of child care services does not affect the College’s Early Childhood Education and Care academic program, which has many viable partnerships with daycare centers in the community. The COD program offers two Associate in Applied Science degrees and six certificates. Students in the program are prepared for positions such as child care director, assistant director, preschool teacher, child care teacher, infant-toddler caregiver, Head Start teacher, elementary or special education aide, and before or after school teacher.
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