Facilities available for students with children

By Laura Hayes

For students who double as parents there are a variety of day care facilities available on campus and in DeKalb.

The NIU Child Development Center, located in Gabel Hall, is geared specifically to students. The department is part of the Student Affairs division.

Parents can have lunch with their children or see them whenever they choose, a department spokesperson said. The location of the center makes this possible, she added.

The center is accredited through the National Academy of Early Childhood programs and is open all day.

The Child’s Learning Center, Inc., is another choice for student parents. The center has four sites and each provides transportation from all elementary schools to the center, said CLC’s Lynn Switzky. Highlights of the center include a qualified staff and an excellent staff-child ratio, Switzky added. The center is open from 6:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

The Growing Place is another option for parents. Facilities include two centers and a nursery school, said the Growing Place’s Betty Drake.

“We provide quality day care for the children,” she said. The Growing Place has been an established organization for 20 years, Drake said. The Growing Place is open from 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

Kinder-Care is an organization that provides full day care and an educational setting. It also provides free use of children’s movies to parents and a dry-cleaning drop-off service, said Kinder-Care’s Liz Elliot. In addition to these services, they also offer an afternoon snack for children whose parents pick them up late. The facility is open from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

The DeKalb County Coordinated Child Care Center provides students more specific information on day care centers at 758-8149. The center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.