The past, present and future of child care for student parents was the topic of a recent “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
You can listen to their conversation via the SoundCloud link above.
James retired Dec. 22 after 33 years running the facility, which cared for students’ children and provided college students with valuable experience relevant to their majors. James said child day care is much more than mere babysitting.
“Research tells you time and time again that, in order for a child to be successful, from birth to age 6 is so important,” James said. “So early childhood is starting to be seen as the most formative years for a child to develop.”
New residential housing for students will be constructed at the lab’s former location on Alumni Drive on campus. Beginning in fall 2022, the majority of state dollars that went to the Child Care Lab will be used to fund about 40 grants of $1,000 each to help low-income student families offset the costs of child care.
To hear previous “MTSU On the Record” programs, visit the searchable “Audio Clips” archives at www.mtsunews.com.
For more information about the radio program, contact Logue at 615-898-5081 or WMOT-FM at 615-898-2800.