Faculty & Staff

November 30, 2016

New University of Washington child care center will serve 140 children

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The new center features an outdoor and indoor play area.

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Children of UW employees help Provost Jerry Baldasty with the ribbon-cutting for the UW Children’s Center at Portage Bay.

The University of Washington Children’s Center at Portage Bay is set to open on campus in early January 2017, providing child care services to 140 children and their families.

Earlier this week, UW employees, local children and government officials celebrated this new resource for faculty, staff and students with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and remarks from UW Provost Jerry Baldasty.

The UW Children’s Center at Portage Bay is part of the University’s child care access initiative, which seeks to double child care capacity on or near campus over the next five to eight years.

“Through this initiative, we’re growing the UW’s capacity for child care, making campus more family-friendly, increasing the choices for parents and caregivers, and establishing donor funds in support of best-in-class care,” said Amy Hawkins, director of WorkLife and Childcare Development at the UW.

The center is located in a newly remodeled campus building on 3745 15th Ave. N.E. It’s the first child care facility to open at the University in more than 17 years and will add to the UW’s four existing centers, which serve 267 children.