WMU Children’s Place Learning Center offers back-up care

contact: Cara Barnes
| WMU News
Photo of teacher and student at Children's Place.

A teacher and student at the center

KALAMAZOO—Recognizing that child care needs can be unpredictable and require last-minute arrangements outside of the normal routine, Western Michigan University's Children's Place Learning Center now offers back-up child care.

Parents can pre-register their children for back-up care and, when the occasion arises, call the center to arrange for care and to ensure there is adequate space. Back-up care is not a drop-off service.

Possible occasions for back-up care

  • Snow day
  • Teacher in-service day
  • Time needed beyond child's normal schedule
  • An unexpected meeting or time with a study group for class
  • Child's normal care provider is unable to provide care

Children's Place Learning Center

The Children’s Place Learning Center, conveniently located on WMU's West Campus, is an attractive child care option for children of WMU students, faculty and staff as well as the Kalamazoo community. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and partners with WMU's College of Education and Human Development to provide a high-quality educational experience for children.

The center is open 7 a.m. until 6:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, except for University holidays, a recess period in December and two staff training days. Programs are available for children aged 18 months through nine years of age. A dedicated preschool program is offered 8:30 until 11:30 a.m. for preschool children. 

For more information on the back-up care program, visit wmich.edu/childcare or call (269) 387-2277.