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Campus Child Care Initiative

Cecilia Teye-Ampomah

"I'm going to be working with Professor Cole on the initiative of getting child care here on campus. It's for the need of professors and faculty who have children and need child care. After doing research on what HWS's financially comparable institutions have done about the child care problem, I'll be working on a proposal to present to the Trustees to see if it's costeffective and if they'll approve it. I will merely be adding a small part to the proposal which was created and worked on by some HWS professors and staff.

If the proposal is approved, then a child care program on campus would be highly beneficial to everyone. The children would be in a safe environment and their parents would not have to worry about finding a reliable sitter. This would also be beneficial to students as it could also provide another work opportunity on campus. Another advantage to the Colleges is that it will make HWS more favorable to future professors and faculty who have children (or hope to have children)."

- Cecilia Teye-Ampomah, William Smith '09
Biochemistry Major

Peer Education in Human Relations Minor

What are your goals for the project?  What do you hope to accomplish?

  • I will be researching the needs, the benefits, the costs, and the desire for the program.
  • The final project will be a proposal to the trustees that would provide them with the necessary information to make an informed decision.
  • I will be writing up a paper to summarize my work and creating a poster to present on May 5th at the Engaged Scholarship Forum.
  • If the proposal is approved, then a child care program on campus would be highly beneficial to everyone. The children would be in a safe environment and their parents would not have to worry about finding a reliable sitter. This would also be beneficial to students as it could also provide another work opportunity on campus, and it is an advantage to the Colleges as well as it will make HWS more favorable to future professors and faculty who have children (or hope to have children).

What have you personally learned so far? How has this project affected you?

"During the course of this project, the one thing that has continuously resonated in my
mind is the fact that when people stand together as one for a cause, there is not much that
they cannot do. It has been an amazing experience just to be part of the process and to see the final finish. The quest for child care did not start last semester but instead it has been a decade long process in which the initiative would start and then die off. The current professors and staff who have been working on the proposal for the present academic year have endured and worked very hard to produce a final proposal which hopefully will receive the highest consideration that it deserves by the trustees." - Cecilia Teye-Ampomah