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We urge you to ensure that the Student Parent Center at University of Missouri continues to exist and is moved to a safe, accessible, on-campus location.

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In the aftermath of the recent walkway collapse and tragedy at University Village where the Student Parent Center daycare is housed, we understand that the future of the daycare looks very bleak. Students have been unable to secure confirmation about whether the daycare is going away or not.

 

The daycare has a 40-year history of attracting high-achieving students and getting them graduated.  Parents are now very concerned because these daycare services are essential for them to stay on track academically and professionally.

 

Despite the considerable out-of-pocket fees they pay for their children to attend the daycare, its on-campus location, flexible scheduling, and its alignment with the University calendar make it far more suited to their needs than area commercial daycares. This daycare has been an MU program since 1974, and has been an essential factor in recruiting many high-performing students and in facilitating untold numbers of bachelors, masters, and doctorate degrees.

 

We must emphasize that the SPC is NOT a free service.  Student parents actually pay MORE for childcare on average than other day care centers in the state of Missouri. 
 
Student parents pay on approximately 24% to 30% MORE per child than other day care centers  in the state of Missouri.  For full time care, fees for SPC are $30-41 a day per child, and  $23-33 a day per child in the state of Missouri.

See link: http://mo.childcareaware.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/Cost-of-Centers-2013.pdf

 

Please sign this petition to demand action from Chancellor Loftin and University of Missouri Administration. Ask them to ensure that the Student Parent Center at University of Missouri continues to exist and is moved to a safe, accessible, on-campus location.

 

For more information:

Structural Report dated 2/23/14, see Building 602 (Student Parent Center):  http://www.scribd.com/doc/210863543/Structural-Engineering-Evaluation-of-University-Village-Collapse-February-23-2014)



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