Purdue celebrates the opening of the new Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center

Purdue celebrated the opening of the new Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center on August 24 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. Pictured from left to right: Ted Fondak and his daughter Eliza; Martin C. Jischke, Patty Jischke and grandchildren Elizabeth and William; Rob Wynkoop, associate vice president of ancillary services; Maureen Weber, president and CEO of Early Learning Indiana; Jessica Walters, Headteacher; and Evelyn Meng and Bella Guelfi Roseguini, who attend the center. (Photo Purdue University/John Underwood) Download image

On Wednesday, August 24, Purdue celebrated the opening of the new Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the facility.

The $6.9 million, 16,000 square foot daycare will serve 162 children ages six weeks to five years old, nearly doubling the number of children served at the center’s previous location near Discovery Park.

The new location at 2561 Kent Ave. in West Lafayette has proven ideal due to its proximity to residential neighborhoods, Purdue Research Park and commuting habits. The new center, which opened on August 8, offers 13 classrooms and a playground with unique equipment like caves, canoes and mud kitchens that simulate nature play.

Ted Fondak, whose daughter attends the center, spoke at the event and highlighted the significance and impact of the new facility.

“If there is one thing you take away from these remarks, please let it be how incredibly important this type of care is, not just for a family, an educational institution, a city or even a country” , said Fondak, chief computer technician of the College of Education. “Our collective future relies on the invaluable effort and love created in places and spaces like these. May we never take such care for granted.

Purdue has worked to expand child care options in recent years with the new Patty Jischke Early Care and Education Center and the Purdue University Early Care and Education Center, which opened in 2016. Including the school Ben and Maxine Miller’s child development lab, Purdue has current capacity of 398 children.

Patty Jischke, who worked with university management to create the Jischke Child Care Center in 2008 for the children of Purdue employees, said the new center will improve the lives of hundreds of children and families. in West Lafayette.

“This center empowers parents to pursue their own career choices and it brings together wonderful people whose skills of kindness, patience, humor and kindness are keys to the success of any learning and childcare facility,” said Jischke, who was also an advocate for early childhood learning during the years her husband, Martin C. Jischke, served as president. “I feel endless gratitude to all who will do the important work of launching our next generation to a good start in their lives.”

Indiana Early Learning will serve as the childcare operator for the center. Early Learning Indiana is a 122-year-old nonprofit early learning organization, the oldest and largest in the state. It offers a child-centered, evidence-based curriculum designed to integrate with Indiana’s broader educational practices.

More information about Purdue’s childcare options is available online.

Writer: Carly Rosenberger, [email protected]

Source: Rob Wynkoop, [email protected]

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