Sept. 25, 1997
KALAMAZOO -- The Children's Place Day Care Center at Western Michigan University has gone public.
Opened a year ago for children of WMU students, faculty and staff, the fully licensed facility is now accepting applications on a first-come, first-served basis from parents in the broader community. The Children's Place, which can accommodate up to 40 children at one time, caters to youngsters age 2-1/2 to 9.
Janey Lutzka, who supervises the center's administration, said the facility's activities emphasize child-initiated learning within a culturally diverse community.
"The program nurtures and supports the development of children by providing developmentally appropriate activities and addressing each child's needs for fun, creativity, problem-solving and social interaction," Lutzka said.
The Children's Place is licensed through the Michigan Family Independence Agency and employs two professional staff members who meet all licensing qualifications. In addition, a number of juniors and seniors in WMU's education programs work at the center.
The center's operating hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday. It allows parents the flexibility of signing up a child for a full day or half day. A before- and after-school program also is available.
The Children's Place is centrally located on WMU's West Campus near the Sindecuse Health Center and Rood Hall. It is housed on the lower level of the building at 2210 Wilbur St., formerly St. Aidan's Chapel.
For more information or to register a child, call the center at 616 387-2277.
Office of University Relations
Western Michigan University
1903 W Michigan Ave
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5433 USA