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November 22, 2012
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University decides not to turn over campus childcare centers (the Early Childhood Education Program) to Bright Horizons

This is the message from the administration announcing that the university will not turn over campus childcare centers (the Early Childhood Education Program) to Bright Horizons. BFA was part of the coalition of campus groups and activist faculty, student, and staff parents who voiced multiple concerns that helped lead to this change of position.
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November 19, 2012
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BFA and AAW Letter to UCB Senate re: Contract with Bright Horizons

Many faculty — some but not all of whom are current or former parents in the ECEP system — have been deeply distressed by the lack of consultation regarding this plan and the rushed way it is being handled. This program is profoundly important for campus research into early childhood education and child welfare issues as well as to the graduate student and faculty parents whose toddlers attend it. We understand that administrative irregularities at ECEP need to be resolved, but, given that the job of resolving these is being handed over to a company that itself has been charged with committing irregularities at its childcare programs at Cornell and at NSF, greater consultation and transparency with the current parents, at the very least, seems warranted. Continue reading