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May 1, 2014

CSU to close daycare center

By Mara Biggs

CSU Day Care

Cleveland State University is closing its Child Development Center after seven years of operation.
The university came to the decision based on careful analysis of the risks and rewards of providing this service, said John Soeder, senior writer of University Marketing.

The Child Development Center opened in 2007 with three main goals: to provide excellent child care, to contribute to the academic success of Cleveland State students who are also parents and to operate in a self-supporting manner financially.

“With regard to contributing to the academic success of CSU students who are also parents, the center is underutilized,” said Soeder.

Only 23 of the 61 families served by the development center have Cleveland State student-parents.

The center has also had a deficit all seven years of operation.
The Child Development Center was, however, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) – a sign of successful completion of the center’s first goal, according to Soeder.

In consideration of the closure’s impact on Cleveland State student-parents who currently use the Child Development Center, the university will provide them with a tuition scholarship of $500 for the fall 2014 semester.

The university is also working with the Child Development Center staff, who are employed by the YMCA of Greater Cleveland, to help affected families find alternative child care options.

Operations at the Child Development Center will cease after August 15, 2014.