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UCAR to Open New Childcare Center in North Boulder

August 18, 2004

BOULDER—The University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) will open a childcare center for its employees’ children later this month. UCAR will unveil the new center, located at 3050 34th Street, on August 25 with an open house, for invited guests only, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. (Reporters who wish to attend should RSVP to Betty Valent by Friday, August 20, at or 303-497-1661.)

“The opening is a great event in the history of UCAR,” says Kathryn Schmoll, UCAR vice president for finance and administration. “It represents the dedicated efforts of many employees who have ardently worked to provide childcare for UCAR employees and the commitment of UCAR management to those needs.”

The UCAR Childcare Center opens its doors on August 30. It can serve 78 children ranging in age from six weeks to five years. UCAR may partner with organizations such as Boulder Community Hospital, U of C Federal Credit Union, Ball Aerospace, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology to fill the center to capacity.

The building, which measures approximately 5,400 square feet and sits on a half-acre lot, was formerly La Petite Academy, also a daycare center. UCAR bought the building for $652,000 and spent approximately $350,000 refurbishing it. A use review with the city of Boulder allowed UCAR to reestablish the building as a childcare center.

A California-based childcare company known as CCLC (its official name, with unconventional punctuation, is Childrens' Creative Learning Centers) will operate the center on behalf of UCAR. CCLC’s program is designed to create a warm atmosphere and serve the entire family by involving parents in programming and activities. The program meets the National Association for the Education of Young Children’s criteria in areas such as interactions between children and teachers, curriculum, staffing, physical environment, health and safety, and more.

“I believe CCLC will provide the quality of care that our children deserve and their parents demand,” Schmoll says.

Richard Anthes, UCAR president, agrees. “Having a high-quality childcare center will increase UCAR’s family friendliness and help us in recruiting a young and diverse workforce in the future,” he says.

The National Center for Atmospheric Research and UCAR Office of Programs are operated by UCAR under the sponsorship of the National Science Foundation and other agencies. Opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication do not necessarily reflect the views of any of UCAR's sponsors.

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