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Duke, community child care centers celebrate partnership

Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president of Human Resources, speaks to directors of local child care centers during an annual lunch event.
Category: Other Campus News

September 27, 2010

Whether it’s improving playground equipment or providing classroom learning activities, the Duke Child Care Partnership has helped improve the quality of child care in the Durham-Raleigh-Chapel Hill area.

By partnering with more than 40 child care centers and facilities in the Triangle, Duke has provided about $1 million in grants to local centers, while child care locations provided priority placement to Duke faculty, staff and students. Although grant funding ended in 2008, more than 40 centers still maintain a partnership with Duke. To celebrate the on-going partnership, Duke hosted an annual luncheon last week with directors of local centers.

“The partnership has provided me the opportunity to make upgrades to my center I never would have been able to do,” said Karyn Wilkerson, director if Durham’s Kiddie College.

The program was originally developed between Duke and Child Care Services Association (CCSA) to address a shortage of high-quality child care in the Triangle. Partnership centers must maintain a four or five star rating and be in good standing with the state of North Carolina and the CCSA.

Since its inception in 2003, the Duke Child Care Partnership has helped create more than 800 spots in four and five-star rated child care centers. State law requires eligible centers to be rated on overall quality on a scale of one to five stars. More than 400 members of the Duke community currently have a child enrolled at participating partnership centers, some of which provide discounts to members of the Duke community.

“This partnership is important to us because it allows Duke to expand child care options to faculty, staff and students while also creating an expanded number of spots at convenient and preferred child care centers,” said Kyle Cavanaugh, vice president of Duke Human Resources, which manages the partnership. “This benefits both Duke and the community at-large.”

“The fact that the partnership recognizes quality child care and our center is listed on Duke’s website is incredibly beneficial for us,” said Sharon Fingerhut, director of Tutor Time, a child care center in Durham. “The on-going partnership as helped our center tremendously.”

A full list of partner child care centers can be found here.