Childcare on Campus

A year of childcare can cost more than $10,000, rivaling the cost of college tuition. Universities often play an important role in providing parent students with daycare facilities. Here's how a few universities across the nation are using childcare facilities to lend parents a helping hand:

With an estimated 600 families at Stanford University on a waiting list for childcare, administrators decided to take action. Stanford's Board of Trustees recently approved a plan for a $3.5 million childcare facility that can accommodate 100 children. The proposed building includes 8,300 square feet of space, two floors, seven classrooms and outdoor play areas.

One of the most extensive childcare networks may be on the University of Washington campus, which operates four sites open to faculty, staff and students. Two of those sites primarily serve student parents, who can receive heavy discounts when they are residents of the university's family housing.

The residential life office at the University of Michigan is one of the few that operates its own childcare facilities. Attached to a 1,089-unit apartment complex, their Child Development Center is open year-round for the children of both staff and students.

The University of Maryland began planning for a new childcare center in 2003, but when funding fell short, they started to look for other ways to alleviate the difficulties of parenting on campus. The university's women's commission has implemented small changes such as installing changing stations in bathrooms and highchairs in dining halls.