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The newspaper of The Johns Hopkins University October 20, 2003 | Vol. 33 No. 8
Day-Care Facility Set for Fall '04

50 slots at new YMCA are reserved for Hopkins parents

By Greg Rienzi
The Gazette

Another day-care option will soon be available to Johns Hopkins families.

The YMCA of Central Maryland last week announced plans to open a 7,000-square-foot child care center in the new Harry and Jeanette Weinberg YMCA at Stadium Place, the former site of Memorial Stadium. The center, which is located across the street from Johns Hopkins at Eastern, will have space for 92 children ages 2 to 6 years, and the university has negotiated that up to 50 slots be reserved for the children of Johns Hopkins faculty, staff and students.

The 53,000-square-foot Stadium Place YMCA, slated to open in fall 2004, will become the flagship facility of the YMCA of Central Maryland, which currently provides day-care services for approximately 4,000 children. It will feature a swimming pool, wellness center, gymnasium and multipurpose and meeting rooms, and will offer community programming, including tutoring, mentoring and youth athletic leagues.

The facility is a key piece of the 30-acre Stadium Place residential community now under development.

Meg Sonneborn, deputy to the university's senior vice president for finance and administration and acting vice president for human resources, said that Johns Hopkins is pleased to partner with the YMCA and to help offer a much-needed resource to the university community.

"Having a day-care center as strategically located as the Y at Stadium Place is a wonderful new option for Hopkins families, particularly those parents working at Homewood and Johns Hopkins at Eastern," Sonneborn said. "This also provides an opportunity for Hopkins to re-establish a former relationship with the Y."

From 1928 to 1969, the YMCA owned and operated Levering Hall on the Homewood campus. Eugene Levering, a major supporter of the YMCA, had provided $20,000 for a YMCA and student activities building at the university's former downtown campus. The building burned down, and after the university moved to the Homewood campus, the insurance money was supplemented by another donation from Levering and by funds raised by students and alumni to build a new Levering Hall/ YMCA. In 1969, the university exercised its option in the original agreement with the human services organization and purchased the building.

Sonneborn said that prior to the child-care center's opening, university faculty, staff and students will have first call on 50 spaces. Any slots not taken would be made available to area residents. Prices have not yet been determined.

In fall 2002, the university conducted a needs assessment survey on behalf of the YMCA of Central Maryland in order to determine the level of interest in child care at Stadium Place. A total of 484 faculty, staff and students participated in the survey. Based on the results, Hopkins was projected to enroll about 50 children within the first two years of the center's existence.

The YMCA child-care center arrangement is the second effort taken by the university in the past three years to provide day-care services for the Hopkins community.

The Johns Hopkins Family Center, a 20,000-square-foot facility, opened in September 2001 in the former Church Home Medical Office Building, located at the corner of Broadway and Fairmont Avenue, just south of the East Baltimore campus. The center, which is available to affiliates from all Johns Hopkins divisions, has space for 156 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years. Bright Horizons Family Solutions, an international child-care provider, manages and runs the center, which is currently accepting enrollments.

The YMCA at Stadium Place was made possible by a lead gift from the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, also a major benefactor of Johns Hopkins' Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, the clinical care cancer facility in East Baltimore that opened in fall 2000.

More About Johns Hopkins Day-Care Options
The Johns Hopkins Family Center (located south of the East Baltimore campus)
Stadium Place YMCA (across from Johns Hopkins at Eastern)


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