July 30, 2018 – On June 11, 2018, the new University Child Care Center at Mission Bay opened, becoming the largest child care center in San Francisco, and the largest capacity child care center among the 90 higher education institutions operated by Bright Horizons.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held, where UC San Francisco Chancellor Sam Hawgood, MBBS, officially opened the 24,000-square-foot early education and child care facility. Sitting on 1.4 acres, the new center features 18 classrooms, seven playgrounds, two art rooms, and a lactation room for nursing mothers. Once enrolled to capacity, the center will serve approximately 272 children – triple the capacity of the previous UCSF’s Mission Bay Campus child care center – and employ 100 Bright Horizons teachers and staff. Bright Horizons also operates three other centers on other UCSF campus sites.
"We are proud to open University Child Care Center at Mission Bay. Together with our UC San Francisco partner, we are able to provide world-class child care to support working families on the UCSF campus," said Bright Horizons CEO Stephen Kramer. "High-quality child care is transformative not only for a generation of children but also for a generation of working parents – and their employers. Universities like UCSF are investing in the workplace of the future through on-site child care and early education for the families of students and employees. UCSF raises the bar for quality child care, campus life, and what it means to be a 21st century employer; and we, at Bright Horizons, are very proud to serve the UC system."
Clare Shinnerl, associate vice chancellor of Campus Life Services, said on-site child care plays a key role in the university’s drive to attract and retain top talent. "In a recent survey, 94 percent of our parents with children enrolled in UCSF child care said that having on-site child care positively impacted their ability to concentrate on the job, to be productive, and to integrate personal and professional demands."
Suzie Kirrane, associate director of Family Services, also recognized the many partners that made the project possible, including UCSF Real Estate, Matano Kang Architects, UCSF Campus Life Services, BuildGroup, Jacobs, UCSF ITS and civil engineering firm McGuire and Hester. "Without these partnerships, this project would not have been possible," she said.
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