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Rutgers-Newark Contracts Catholic Charities to run its first Child Care Center - September, 2011

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Child Care Center, a state-licensed facility offering full-time care for children of Rutgers-Newark students, staff and faculty took place on September 21, 2011. The year-round center is also open evenings to accommodate faculty and students who teach and attend class in the evenings and need extended child care options. The center opened its doors Sept. 6.

The child care center can accommodate 30 children aged 2 1/2 through 5 years old. Located at 75 Halsey Street, Rutgers University, Newark, the center is the result of seven years of work by the Campus Child Care Committee, commissioned by Chancellor Steven Diner, to survey demand and develop strategies to make the campus more family-friendly. Before the center opened, many Rutgers parents had to rely either on family or on nearby off-campus centers, which offered special Rutgers discounts. Catholic Charities experienced in providing child care in the state, was selected through competitive bidding to operate the center. The center will incorporate a research-based curriculum that will be coordinated with the Rutgers-Newark Department of Psychology and the College of Nursing.

At the ribbon-cutting ceremony Dr. Frese noted that it took Rutgers-Newark and Catholic Charities a little over 100 years to form a partnership. Dr. Frese said: "We are proud to partner with such a prestigious institution as Rutgers. You’ve been around since 1766 and Catholic Charities has been in Newark since 1904. It took a 100 years, but we finally got an opportunity to work together."

Dr. Philip Frese, CEO of Catholic Charities

Dr. Philip Frese, CEO of Catholic Charities and Richard McCormick, President of Rutgers University

Dr. Philip Frese, CEO of Catholic Charities and Steven L. Diner, Chancellor of Rutgers University-Newark

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, Rutgers University-Newark Child Care Center