Metro State’s new policy on children in the classroom and workplaces has raised questions about the resources available for students who suddenly need child care.
The Institute for Women’s Studies and Services, 1059 Ninth Street Park, maintains a list of 22 child-care facilities. “If someone were to come here looking to find a child-care solution, we can offer them our numbers and contacts for these facilities,” says Matt Diemer, interim program assistant. He also pointed to Daycare Match, a website that maintains a directory of providers.
The Colorado Child Care Facility Search is a service of the state Department of Human Services that allows you to look up child-care facilities throughout the state. You can search by address, zip code, county or city as well as by the provider’s name, telephone or license number. You can also view detailed reports of each child care provider, and request an email or in-person file review for up to five providers.
The new A Bien Tot & Kid Spot is a drop-in child care facility in the Lower Highlands neighborhood at 3326 North Tejon St. It accepts up to 15 children, ages 12 months to 12 years old. The child can stay for up to six hours a day but no more than 15 hours in a seven-day cycle.
The new policy says Metro State “cannot routinely accommodate children in campus workplaces or classrooms,” citing safety reasons and Metro State’s mission as an academic institution. Instructors can make “infrequent exceptions due to temporary, unforeseen emergencies,” but adds: “regular, repeated visits by children or others without a legitimate purpose are not permitted.”
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