Grant will support UW-Green Bay students with financial support for childcare; begin research phase of childcare options for UW-Green Bay students, faculty and staff

Green Bay, Wis.—Recognized as a need at UW-Green Bay for decades, childcare and caregiving burdens on students, faculty, and staff are even heavier during COVID-19. A recent grant, of $81,046.00 per year for four years, awarded to UW-Green Bay by the Department of Education will provide stipend support to Pell-eligible student parents  to help ease their financial burden for childcare and access to programming, advising, and mentorship to improve their educational outcomes. The same funding will also provide seed money to initiate research and a planning process for a potential childcare facility on the Green Bay Campus or in partnership with a local provider.

Nearly 25 percent of all undergraduate college students are raising children. Recent data shows that about half of all college students earn a degree or certificate within six years of enrolling, while only a third of student parents complete school (https://iwpr.org/iwpr-issues/student-parent-success-initiative/building-family-friendly-campuses-college-success-student-parents/).

Associate Prof. Alison Staudinger (Democracy and Justice Studies), a project lead, says the grant will provide some immediate help for a growing demographic in higher education—the working parent.

“The grant application specifies criteria for the application process for students which will provide $1,000 a semester for full-time students and funding on a prorated basis for part-time students,” she said. “It will also offer additional funds for students who participate in high-impact practices (HIPs) such as internships, undergraduate research, scholarship, and creative activity, or community-based learning. A recent study by professors Katia Levintova and Kim Reilly indicated that childcare and work commitments often limit the ability of UW-Green Bay student-parents to participate in HIPs.

Additionally, the funding will allow the campus to explore the sustainability of providing a daycare to students, faculty and staff—either on campus, or in partnership with local providers.

“Students with children bring assets to our campus community and yet they are a bit of an invisible population,” Staudinger said. “If we are truly an access-driven institution, we need to provide the support that makes it possible for them to thrive at UWGB. This means financial, academic, and social resources for the student-parents themselves, but also raising visibility on campus so that faculty and staff recognize the unique needs of this population and their contributions to campus life.”

Childcare has been a hot-button topic at UW-Green Bay for years, and has a rich history on the Green Bay Campus. See the full timeline. Here’s an abbreviated one:

1972: UWGB Children’s Center opened and began offering classes for children ages 2-5 in a vacated nursing home building owned by Brown County located along Highway 54-57. Within months it moved to a remodeled ranch cottage owned by UWGB on Nicolet Drive.

1981:Three full-time staff and twenty-five work study students cared for 164 children.

1985:Plans for a new facility began as building was in disrepair

1989:The UWGB Children’s Center program became the first in Green Bay to receive accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

1990:New UW-Green Bay child care center building center request approved by UW Board of Regents at funding level of $790,000.

1991:Plan was rejected by Wisconsin State Building Commission because it was viewed as a lower priority than other UW System and state agency projects. UWGB did receive $50,000 in funds to evaluate alternatives for a child care facility at UW-Green Bay. A feasibility study was requested to consider a public/private venture model for the UWGB Children’s Center.

1992-1995: Funding issues prevented continuation of facility.

Spring of 1995: Children’s Center formally closed.

2014: UWGB students voted to increase Seg Fees in support of bringing childcare back to campus.

Staudinger says the plan has full support of the current administration and cabinet. The Advisory Board will convene in Fall 2020; interested campus and community members are invited to contact Alison Staudinger if they wish to get involved. An expanded set of web-resources and the application for the grant itself will be launched in early 2021, as will student success programming for parents. Please watch for an announcement of a kick-off event in where the campus community can learn about the program and how to apply.

In the featured photo above: the UWGB Childcare Alliance supported a Spring into Gardening event.

Below: Photos from University Archives at the UWGB Children’s Center
  

History and timeline of UW-Green Bay Children’s Center

This timeline was prepared by UW-Green Bay’s University Archives and Area Research Center in October 2020.

1970-1972 – Committee of UWGB faculty wives, employees, and students conceptualize the idea for a UWGB campus children’s center.  A survey indicated a need for the service since students were bringing children to classes, babysitting in the hallways during classes, and the increased population of married students. At the time, there was only one licensed daycare in Green Bay.

December 1971 – UWGB Student Government Association allocated $10,000 for first year operating expenses and $2,500 for equipment.

April 1972 – UW Board of Regents approved plans and funding strategies for UWGB Children’s Center to be opened in September 1972. The plans outlined it was to be a non-profit, cooperative facility charging minimal fees and requiring two parent hours of work per week at the Center. UWGB was to provide, maintain, and renovate a campus building. Staffing was slated to consist of a full-time director and two assistant directors. The director of Outreach was named administrative advisor and UWGB Human Development faculty served as project advisors.

September 1972 – The UWGB Children’s Center began offering classes for children ages 2-5 in a vacated nursing home building owned by Brown County and located along Highway 54-57.

November 1972 – Moved into a remodeled ranch house (cottage) owned by UWGB and located on Nicolet Drive. Dorothy Parsons was hired as the first director.

July 1978 – Designated as site for Federal Foster Grandparents program. These are part time volunteers who work twenty hours per week.

1980 – Pat Schoenbeck appointed director

September 1981 – Three full time staff and twenty-five work study students. Only one of two childcare facilities in Green Bay offering drop-in rates. Center budget is $80,000. 164 children are enrolled at the UWGB Children’s Center while parents attend classes. The Children’s Center was cited as a major influence on selecting UWGB.

November 1985 – Plans for new facility begin.  Efforts are directed at constructing a new building to replace the original building which was in disrepair.  Emphasized importance to students as a support for their studies.

April 1987 – UWGB Children’s Center Director, Pat Schoenbeck was selected as Child Advocate of the Year

July 1987 – Capital campaign efforts begin for a new Child Care and Family Resource Center. It was envisioned the new center would serve 80 children compared to the 40 children it could serve in the limited space of existing building.

July 1989 – The UWGB Children’s Center program became the first in Green Bay to receive accreditation from the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

December 1990 – New UW-Green Bay child care center building center request approved by UW Board of Regents at funding level of $790,000.

February 1991 – Plan rejected by Wisconsin State Building Commission because it was viewed as a lower priority than other UW System and state agency projects.  UWGB did receive $50,000 in funds to evaluate alternatives for a child care facility at UW-Green Bay. A feasibility study was requested to consider a public/private venture model for the UWGB Children’s Center.

February 1992 – Approval given by UW Board of Regents to enter a Request for Proposal (RFP) seeking a public/private partnership to operate and/or construct child care facilities at UW-Green Bay.

July 1992 – The RFP was distributed to 117 Green Bay, state, and national child care providers, architects, and contractors. A finalist was selected with a plan for the private provider to operate the UWGB Child Care Center while paying annual rent to UWGB. The total estimated cost was $800,000.

December 1992- UW Board of Regents stipulate to receive approval a new building must be operated by a privately-owned vendor. This stipulation was opposed by the UWGB faculty and the Child Center Advisory Board with the concern that it would not meet and continue the involvement of academic programs in the children’s center. This feature of linking with the academic programs had been a mainstay of the UWGB Children’s Center since the beginning.

February 1993- UWGB Chancellor Outcalt and UW System president authorize the inclusion of $800, 000 funding to construct a new childcare facility in the 1993-1995 budget. Some pointed out the authorization failed to address operational costs of the new facility.

December 1993 – Requests to provide funding for childcare at UWGB made to SUFAC. Stated that funds must come from student fees because Wisconsin State Legislature and Board of Regents refused to do so.  SUFAC ultimately rejects funding the cost because UWGB would not be able to provide operational support, including faculty support via academic programs. SUFAC members felt the cost was unreasonable (moving from annual support of $38,000 to $150, 000) and only pertained to “2% of the UWGB population.”

June 1994 – UW System funding availability puts project on hold. Private funds would need to be sought since UW funding wouldn’t be forthcoming.

February 1995 – Decision made to close to the Children’s Center. Reasons cited were: usage had declined; deterioration of physical building; and other campus fiscal priorities.

May 6, 1995 – Farewell party for all current and past children, parents, and staff of the Children’s Center.

May 17, 1995 – UWGB Children’s Center formally closed making UWGB the only UW campus without child care services.

2014 – The Student Government Association periodically encouraged revisiting the establishment of a UWGB Children’s Center. In 2014, UWGB students voted to increase their Segregated Fees in support of bringing a Children’s Center back to campus.

2020 – UW-Green Bay receives a grant from the U.S. Department of Education to administer grant funding (playfully, beginning in Spring 2021) to UW-Green Bay students for childcare; and additional funding to initiate a research and planning process for a potential drop-off childcare center on the Green Bay Campus or in partnership with a local provider.

 

 

 

 

Countdown continues with more Phoenix Phactoids

The countdown to our 50th anniversary continues. New since our last edition of the Log:
• The amazing UW-Green Bay women’s basketball program had its two greatest seasons earlier this decade, with a trip to the Sweet 16 one year and an AP Top 10 finish the next. For a vintage photo and more.
• Did you know early UWGB had its own marching band? Yes, and the hometown Green Bay Packers supported the effort.
UW-Green Bay on the West Side? An early frontrunner at the time of site selection in the mid-1960s was land near Highway 41 and West Mason Street.
Childcare on campus: For a quarter century a facility existed on campus to provide daytime childcare for faculty, staff and students. (Patricia Schoenbeck, director of the center, shares recollections of those days.)
• Students at the new UW-Green Bay reacted with a peaceful march, candelight vigil and a series of meetings and teach-ins to the May 1970 shootings at Kent State.
• UW-Green Bay plays soccer (and not football) as its primary fall sport upon the recommendation of legendary NFL Coach Vince Lombardi, an adviser to Founding Chancellor Edward Weidner in the late 1960s.
The Legend of the Face Pot, and how some creative Creative Communication faculty started a new legend for the groundbreaking of their new academic building in the 1970s, is recalled.

Childcare Q&A, outdoor rally, vote on SUFAC allocation

President Heba Mohammad and some UW-Green Bay Student Government leaders are making a push for subsidized childcare for students, faculty and staff. A Childcare Q&A was scheduled to take place at 11:30 a.m. today (Monday, April 7) in the University Union, followed by a rally in support at the Weidner Memorial Carillon outside the Union at 12:30 p.m. On the student election ballot this week is what is described as a binding resolution to raise segregated fees by $10 annually for each full-time student in order “to subsidize the establishment of a Childcare Center available to students, faculty and staff. Collection of this fee would begin in the 2015-16 academic year and continue at a rate of $10 per year until a Center is established.”

Reminder: Open forum on child care is today

Those interested in the topic of childcare on the UW-Green Bay campus are invited to an open forum from 1:30 to 3 p.m. today (Monday, Feb. 4) in the 1965 Room of the University Union. The session will be moderated by Lynn Edlefson, who for 16 years has served as director of the Office of Child Care and Family Resources at UW-Madison. Edlefson is among the administrators that UW-Green Bay officials have consulted in the process of evaluating resumption of University-affiliated childcare. The former UW-Green Bay Children’s Center closed its doors nearly two decades ago. In recent years, Student Government Association leaders and others have asked the University to revisit the concept of an on-campus service. Edlefson will open the forum with a brief slide presentation recapping and analyzing a fall 2011 survey of potential user demand at UW-Green Bay, and share her general perspective on campus-based centers.  The session is open to all.

Open forum on child care scheduled for Feb. 4

Those interested in the topic of childcare on the UW-Green Bay campus are invited to an open forum from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Monday (Feb. 4) in the 1965 Room of the University Union. The session will be moderated by Lynn Edlefson, who for 16 years has served as director of the Office of Child Care and Family Resources at UW-Madison. Edlefson is among the administrators that UW-Green Bay officials have consulted in the process of evaluating resumption of University-affiliated childcare. The former UW-Green Bay Children’s Center closed its doors nearly two decades ago. In recent years, Student Government Association leaders and others have asked the University to revisit the concept of an on-campus service. Edlefson will open the forum with a brief slide presentation recapping and analyzing a fall 2011 survey of potential user demand at UW-Green Bay, and share her general perspective on campus-based centers. The session is open to all.

SGA invites all to forum on childcare on campus


The topic of childcare services on campus will be the topic for an open forum scheduled for next Tuesday (Nov. 22) from noon to 1 p.m. in Phoenix Room B. The event is being organized by the Student Government Association. Heba Mohammad, Equality and Diversity Chair for SGA, said the forum is open to all students, faculty and staff.

Fourth Estate tackles history of child care facility at UW-Green Bay

The Fourth Estate tackled a complex issue with multiple sources and a review of the historical record in their recent story revisiting the issue of the closing of the former Children’s Center at UW-Green Bay nearly two decades ago. Opinionated reporting and an ambitious project for a student newspaper — read the story online.