Purdue child care center readying for Aug 11 start

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — The Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center is on schedule to open Aug. 11.

Finishing touches are being completed on the building’s interiors, landscaping and playgrounds, and a newly appointed director is actively recruiting, hiring and training educators and staff for the site.

Center operator Children’s Choice Learning Centers selected Jane Hammonds, a Purdue alumna with 28 years of experience in early child childhood programming, to serve as center director.

Hammonds and the new staff are scheduled to set up classrooms and equipment as well as complete on-site training in late July. An open house is slated for early August.

“This is an exciting time as the opening of the center quickly approaches,” Hammonds says. “I am thrilled for the opportunity not only to return to my alma mater, but also to take on the mission of serving the families of Purdue, which is simply an added bonus.”

Seventy-six of the 86 spots at the center have been filled. Openings remain for preschool-age children (ages 3-5).

The center’s daily operations will be handled by Children’s Choice Learning Centers, a Texas company. WorkLife Programs will oversee the center’s operations and serve as a point of contact for Hammonds.

Registering for the center

Parents interested in registering for the Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center can fill out a form online at www.purdue.edu/childcare or in person at the WorkLife Programs office on the west side of the Purdue West Shopping Center.

Spaces are available for preschool-age children (ages 3-5). Parents who fill out a registration form for infants, toddlers or 2-year-olds will be added to the waiting list and contacted when an opening becomes available.

Questions may be directed to Jane Hammonds at (317) 997-1126 or jane.hammonds@childrenschoice.com.

More information about the center is available at www.purdue.edu/childcare

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