New Investment in On-site Child Care

Author: Rev. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.

Dear Graduate and Professional Students,

We hope this message finds you well as you settle into the fall semester.
As part of the University's commitment to provide work and life benefits to meet the needs of our parenting students, we write to share important news regarding enhancements to child care at Notre Dame.

Building on the recommendations by a faculty and staff committee convened to look at child care assistance opportunities, we are delighted to announce that we will break ground next year on a new on-site facility to provide child care for faculty, staff, and students with children who are between the ages of 6 weeks and 3 years old. We are partnering with KinderCare, the nation’s largest child care and early education provider, to operate the new facility, which will be located on the north edge of campus near White Field, adjacent to Beichner Hall, home to the Family Resource Center serving married and parenting students, and The Landings at Notre Dame apartments where many of you reside. The new facility will open in summer 2025 and operate with sliding-scale tuition.

The Early Childhood Development Centers (ECDC) at Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s College will continue to provide early childhood education for children age 2 through kindergarten and will work in collaboration with KinderCare. We are grateful that Notre Dame affiliated families have had access to the superb programs offered by ECDC for more than 50 years, first at Saint Mary’s College, and since 1994, at both locations.

For more than 50 years, KinderCare’s local day care centers have offered year-round child care and early childhood education for kids ages 0–12, and KinderCare partners with other universities in a number of locations. In addition to the new facility, our partnership with KinderCare will allow you as Notre Dame students to receive a 10 percent savings at its day care centers nationwide. We offer our sincerest thanks to the many partners who have made it possible for the University to take this next important step in expanding the services available to you and your families. Additional information about the new on-site facility will be provided prior to the opening.

Thank you for all you do as valued members of our community. Please know that you and your loved ones are always in our prayers.

In Notre Dame,

Fr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C.
Vice President for Student Affairs

Michael Hildreth
Dean of the Graduate School