The University of Toledo’s La Petite Academy child care facility closed June 30, due to decreasing enrollment. The main campus center had served UT employees and students, but fewer students meant higher subsidizing costs for the university, which officials described as “unsustainable.”
Jovita Thomas-Williams, vice president and chief human resources officer, is encouraging parents of La Petite Academy children to consider the University’s Early Learning Center at 1932 Birchwood, near the Health Science campus. That center, which provides care for children from 18 months to kindergarten age in a quiet residential neighborhood, is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC), and is one of only 26 centers in Ohio to have a 5-star rating. Its programs take advantage of large classrooms, a full-size gymnasium and large fenced-in playgrounds for outdoor play. A field-trip based program for children aged 5-10 years is offered during the summer. The Center serves the children of students, faculty, and staff of the University, as well as members of the community.
More information about the ELC is available at 419 530-6710.