On 5/28/2020 the Butler County Community College Administrators, during a private meeting, decided to end the Educare program. The program was a shinning light in our community. It provided jobs for 28 teachers and an educational lab for Butler students working towards their early childhood education degree. The daycare was a source of light and stability for our young learners, serving as a progressive and highly accredited atmosphere for almost 100 kiddos. The daycare was highly sought after, with long waiting lists for several of the classrooms. The news is heartbreaking to the families counting on this community service.
The college administrators have cited budgetary cuts as the reason for closing Educare. Butler County taxpayers contribute $15 million annually to the college, but did not have an opportunity to have a voice in the closing of the center.