University of Chicago Day Care Center Quickly Fills 124 Spots

By Sam Cholke on April 18, 2013 7:57am 

 Professor Alfredo César Melo plays with his daughter, Bianca, during a visit to the new University of Chicago child care center. The university plans to open a second day care center in the fall.
Professor Alfredo César Melo plays with his daughter, Bianca, during a visit to the new University of Chicago child care center. The university plans to open a second day care center in the fall.
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HYDE PARK — The University of Chicago opened its new child care facility on Wednesday, and a few slots are still open for preschoolers.

The new facility at 5610 S. Drexel Ave. accommodates 124 infants through preschool-age children, with priority given to children of university faculty and staff.

The center had a soft opening on April 1, and by the official announcement of the opening Wednesday, nearly all classes were full.

“As of this morning, there are spaces available for preschoolers and a waiting list for younger kids,” said Dianna Douglas, a spokeswoman for the university.

The child care center is the fourth location in Chicago for Watertown, Mass.-based Bright Horizons.

Bright Horizons is scheduled to open a second day care facility for the University of Chicago in the fall. The facility will accommodate an additional 124 children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old.

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