In keeping with the University’s mission to be recognized for the quality and impact of its research, teaching, and service, a discussion about a potential Intergenerational Day Care Center in conjunction with the University has been taking shape recently.
Research, education and training would be the foundation of the program, fostering a high quality of care and improved quality of life for the children and adults served.
Growth and education occur throughout the lifespan. Imagine a place where:
- Children and older adults are mixing cookie dough together at a communal kitchen table.
- An older adult is rocking a toddler and reading stories, or planting vegetable seeds in the garden with a preschooler.
- Your toddler receives instruction from OSU students who are interning in early childhood education under the supervision of OSU faculty.
- Your father enjoys adult day programming and also receives his annual physical from a geriatric specialist who teaches health science students how to care for an aging population.
- You could come for parenting classes to learn about the most recent childhood development strategies.
- Interdisciplinary researchers and educators work together at an intergenerational site to advance knowledge across the lifespan – truly improving lives through research, teaching and service.
Picture a program in which the family needs of OSU faculty, staff and students might be addressed holistically in a home-like setting.
The Center would be operated as a University/Community partnership and be viewed as a center of excellence in child and adult care, serving children, adults and caregivers throughout the University community and Central Ohio. Read the Vision Statement here.
Several steps have been taken to test the perceived need and the viability of such a Center.
- Maybe you attended the World Café on May 27, 2010, where approximately 60 stakeholders from across the university participated in a conversation to help inform further planning for an intergenerational day care center?
- Maybe you participated in the recent Faculty Survey to identify interest regarding utilization of the center for teaching and research purposes?
- Or, maybe you were interviewed by Plante & Moran, the business plan consultant, to help inform the economic and programmatic realities of such a venture?
If you participated in any of these activities, we thank you! If not, we hope this article will be of interest to you and that you will want to learn more about the proposed project over the next several months.
Guided by a small staff and faculty work group and a Governance Committee, the important due diligence for the project is beginning to take shape. It is anticipated that a decision will be made in the next few months regarding whether or not to move forward with this project. If you would like additional information, please don’t hesitate to contact Linda Mauger at firstname.lastname@example.org or 614-293-8031.