Salt Lake Community College student parents who take classes at South City Campus have a place where their own young children can learn.
The Tim and Brenda Huval Child Care Center expanded their enrollment age this fall to include infants as young as 6 weeks old. The center previously enrolled children ages 2 to 5.
The program places children into groups based on age and developmental needs. The four classes are called Cubs, for infants; Sun Bears, for children ages 12 to 24 months; Cinnamon Bears, for children ages 2 or 3; and Polar Bears, for children ages 4 or 5.
Day care employees teach children in accordance with their age and personal pace. Staff members have a daily topic to focus on with their age group.
The children receive occasional assessments to measure their development in the program.
All staff who work at the center must undergo training and have previous work experience in childcare.
Some day care employees are bilingual in English and Spanish. At times, parents will request that Spanish be spoken to their child so the infant will learn and speak the language as they grow up.
The day care installed four cribs so infants may sleep comfortably at naptime. The center also has extra diapers and formula on hand for any enrolled children.
The Huval Child Care Center charges different prices for different age groups and length of time.
Parents will pay a little over $34 for a full day of care for an infant, and around $22 for a half-day. Drop-in costs for all ages is $6 an hour or $30 a day.
Parents can enroll their children in the program for a semester or a calendar year. The enrollment fee is $30.
Students who qualify for assistance may have costs reduced through the Government Child Care Reimbursement Program.
Parents who want to stay informed can follow the Huval Child Care Center Facebook page. The center will share photos, event announcements and job opportunities.