Fargo, N.D. March 9, 2011 — North Dakota State University is closing its Center for Child Development. Child care services will be offered through June 17 and the center will be closed June 30.
â€œThis is an unfortunate reality, but all expenses not core and central to the universityâ€™s academic mission have to be examined and scrutinized for appropriateness,â€ said Virginia Clark Johnson, dean of the College of Human Development and Education, where the center has been housed. â€œWe have no choice but to make these cuts.â€
The college recently stopped offering early childhood education classes.Â Â All areas of theÂ university are being reviewed to ensure activities are central to the universityâ€™s academic mission.
Currently 38 children ages six months to 5 years are cared for at the center in the Evelyn Morrow Lebedeff Hall and Katherine Kilbourne Burgum Family Life Center. Eight center staff were informed Tuesday after close of business, and parents were informed Wednesday morning.
â€œThe center offered a wonderful service to the faculty and staff of the university,â€ Clark Johnson said.