Overwhelming support seen for campus day care in survey

Earlier this semester, the Staff Senate conducted a survey to gauge employee attitudes toward creating a day care for the UALR campus.

A total of 115 responses were captured in the survey, which asked for feedback on why a person supported a day-care initiative or not, reasons a day care would be beneficial, and what type of child-care services are needed.

Of the 115 responses, 110 people replied that they support the day-care initiative, three said they weren’t sure, and two said they do not support it.

Members of the Staff Senate will compile a report of the results, as well as a few first-hand stories from parents who would like to see UALR provide a day-care program. The report will be sent to the Faculty Senate Executive Committee.

Another group at the university also will be conducting research into a day-care initiative. A proposal named “School-Life-Family-Balance: Assessing and Identifying UALR Campus Needs of an Early Childhood Development Center” recently became one of two projects to win the Research Cluster Seed Grant Competition sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

The multi-disciplinary project, led by five faculty members from four academic areas, will receive $50,000 in funding over the course of two years.

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