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CCAC trustees delay plans to close school child-care centers

| Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013, 6:21 p.m.

Trustees at the Community College of Allegheny County on Thursday tabled plans to close child-care centers at its four main campuses and agreed to maintain the facilities, which serve faculty, students and community residents, until at least January 2015.

Citing what they called unsustainable losses averaging a total of about $300,000 a year at the child-care centers, CCAC administrators had recommended closing the centers on Jan. 1, 2014.

That struck a sour note with some students.

Beth Jones, a nursing major from Bethel Park, said she chose the program at CCAC's South Campus because it offered on-site child care for her 3-year-old son.

“I was hoping he could go there until he's ready for kindergarten,” Jones said.

Acting on a recommendation from trustees chair Amy M. Kuntz, who cited an outpouring of concern from faculty and students, the board agreed to table the recommendation and form a study group to review ways to close the deficit.

Kuntz said the board sought a private contractor to operate the centers but had no takers.

She said a survey of private child care providers found some quoted fees nearly twice as high as CCAC's fees.

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