Childcare Task Force established at UAA

By: Staff   Dec 5, 2008

Chancellor Ulmer pulls together group to address childcare needs of UAA community

ANCHORAGE, AK – UAA Chancellor Fran Ulmer has initiated a Childcare Task Force to analyze and make recommendations concerning the childcare needs of students, staff and faculty.  One of the greatest roadblocks to single parents trying to finish their college degrees is the cost and availability of childcare.  This new task force will consider how to make quality childcare more affordable and available to more UAA students, staff and faculty.

The group will review how childcare is provided to the University community through Tanaina Child Development Center (TCDC); how to provide affordable childcare to more UAA students; whether there should be a role for College of Education faculty and students; and how the childcare needs of our students, staff and faculty are currently being met.  The task force will look at both medium- and long-term strategies.

A variety of childcare options will be considered, including full-time preschool childcare, drop-in childcare (daily and/or evenings) and childcare as part of educational programs (labs, observation rooms, classrooms, etc.)  Also to be considered are partnerships with other major employers, such as Providence Hospital, which is planning to build a new childcare facility in the near future, and BP, which is also looking to expand its childcare offerings.  Other potential partnerships and sources of information are Best Beginnings, the Anchorage School District and the State of Alaska.

Among its other responsibilities, the task force will also consider the creation of grants or scholarships to help single parents with established financial need pay child care fees.

Members of the task force include:

Mike Humphrey, Statewide Benefits
Trig Trgiano, Risk Management
Chris Turletes, Facilities Representative
Sarah Kirk, Faculty Representative
Bruce Schultz, TCDC Board of Directors, UAA’s Administrative Liaison to TCDC
Dr. Robert Capuozzo, College of Education Representative
Xio Owens, Student with a child at TCDC
USUAA President Karl Wing or student designee
Sandra Barclay, Classified Staff
Marsha Oberlender, APT Staff
Patty Hamilton, Child advocate and community member