UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – The University’s Presidential Task Force on Child Care will be distributing a survey Friday, Nov. 8, to faculty, staff and graduate students to examine child care resources and needs university-wide. Parents of young children (birth through kindergarten) are encouraged to complete the survey.
Next week a survey will be distributed to department heads and chairs to better understand how child care factors into hiring and retention, as well as policy implementation at Penn State. Open discussions will be held at University Park, Commonwealth Campuses and via Polycom. Email notifications of upcoming events will be issued.
The 14-member task force met for the first time in October and will make recommendations on operations, policies, quality and affordability to President Rodney Erickson by Dec. 31.
The task force is partially a response to the March 2011 Core Council report in which an assessment of Penn State's child care centers was advocated. The Core Council, a group of 13 senior administrators and faculty, was charged with maximizing academic potential, reducing redundancy and freeing resources for higher priority uses. The task force also was created to address concerns about the University’s proposed plan to shift management of the Bennett Family Center at University Park to an outside firm.
For more information, contact task force chairwoman Jacqueline Edmondson, associate vice president and associate dean of Undergraduate Education, at email@example.com.