Purdue Calumet Child Care Center To Remain Open

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Child care will continue at Purdue University Calumet. The Riley Child Center had been scheduled to close because of a $4-million revenue deficit in 2013 – 2014, but reallocated federal funds being pledged by Hammond Mayor Tom McDermott Jr. will keep the center open.  The Riley Child Center opened in 1992 and has room for up to 60 children.  It’s self-supporting, but decreased enrollment in recent years led to a deficit of between $40-thousand and $60-thousand a year, paid by the university.  Purdue Calumet officials said late last year that it could no longer afford the subsidy.  Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ralph Rogers says the university’s very pleased with the generous and thoughtful gesture by the mayor and city government to maintain high-quality child care for Purdue Calumet students’ families.


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