yi midst the normal chaos, long
j[\ lines and confusion of university life, students who have children
have one less thing to worry about
because they can enroll their youngsters in an outstanding child care
center on campus.
"My son attended the center from
three months to kindergarten and is
now in an accelerated program,"
Mary Ellen Hare, whose husband
works for UH, said.
The facility offers teachers with
college degrees and facilities for
children three months to pre-
The staff and children come from
all over the world, Marceline
Devine, the director of UHCCC,
"My daughter has learned some
French words from a boy in her
class and her teacher is from Canada," Jenny Vann said. "The center
is just great; any other school would
be a step down."
The UH Child Care Center may
be considered expensive by some,
but most students and parents say it
is worth it.
Weekly rates at the center range
from $70 to $90 for students, with
faculty and staff members paying
about $3 more per week. There is
also a registration fee, a maintenance fee and supply fee.
The center receives about
$40,000 annually from student service fees.
"The center is expensive, but it is
so good that you don't mind the
price," Pamela Jue, a freshman,
The UH Child Care Center
is just great; any other
school would be a step
To offset the cost, the center has
initiated a "work in lieu of fees"
program. There are different areas
in the center where parents can
work, ranging from classroom assistants to general handyman work,
depending on the needs of the center, Devine said.
Prior to last fall, those wishing to
place their children were put on a
two-year waiting list. However,
Devine said that the center opened
four additional classrooms this past
fall, cutting the list down to one or
Devine said that the wait was not
that bad when compared to the one
at the $3 million facility of Ohio
State University, which serves 300
children and has a 900 person waiting list.
The University of Texas Child
Care Center does not employ degreed instructors and does not have
a structured learning program, Lisa
Robinson, assistant director of the
UT center, said.
In comparison to UHCCC, other
child care centers do not have degreed instructors in every room.
Many do not have computers,
planned lessons or even hot lunches.
"The center provides a unique
learning experience with a loving
atmosphere," Hare said.
An instuctor at the UH Child Care Center shows
' ^a couple of extremely interested students some
pictures in one of their favorite books.Photo by
/grinning broadly, this student sits proudly in
^-* front of his computer terminal. The UHCCC
is one of the few of its kind that has computers for
its pupils.Photo by Manuel Esparza.