OHSU Selects CCLC to Open Child Care Center for Employees and Students

12/09/09  Portland, Ore.

New Center to Open Fall 2010 in South Waterfront District

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)has chosen Childrens' Creative Learning Centers (CCLC®), a nationwide child care provider dedicated to quality employer-sponsored early childhood education, to open its first on-site child care center in Portland.

Through the agreement, CCLC will operate the OHSU child care center and offer priority enrollment to OHSU employees and students. Renovations will begin immediately to the site leased by CCLC, which is located at 3325 S.W. Moody St. – directly west of the South Waterfront Portland Aerial Tram terminus and next to OHSU's Center for Health & Healing — with plans to open by fall 2010.

Like many hospitals and health organizations, keeping its employees and students on the job is often of life–and-death importance to OHSU, a nationally recognized health and research university that employs some of the nation's top physicians, researchers, nurses and health care professionals.  OHSU determined that opening its first child care center could be a key strategy to retaining its highly skilled staff, especially in a time where work force shortages in health care are at critical levels in Oregon, as well as nationwide. 

"We've known for some time that having child care near OHSU is important to our employees," said Mark Williams, associate vice president for campus development and administration at OHSU. "After several years of evaluating opportunities, we ultimately chose CCLC because of their experience, reputation, emphasis on diversity and eco-conscious construction, and because they proposed the most desirable location. Based in Portland, with several clients in the education and health care industries, they understand our needs. We're excited to partner with them to deliver this benefit to OHSU families."

For clients including OHSU, CCLC is committed to providing a high-quality, safe and nurturing environment. As part of this promise, the center will operate with low teacher/child ratios, allowing staff to focus on the individual needs of each child. In addition, CCLC will implement its developmentally appropriate programs through their Guided Discovery Curriculum, which incorporates physical, social, language, cognitive and emotional development.

Enrollment begins in January 2010. The center will have capacity for 172 children aged 6 weeks to 5 years and will be open for monthly full-time and part-time care Monday through Friday.                           

"OHSU shares our passion for education, and they too see the importance and impact education can have on a child from an early age," said Ty Durekas, CEO of CCLC. "Building a solid foundation for a lifetime of learning is a common interest and we're proud to work with them to deliver individualized, quality education to their families. We can't wait to get started."

CCLC is the operator of the center. OHSU will pay a sponsorship fee over 10 years to help subsidize the initial capital investment to develop the center and secure priority enrollment for OHSU families. This fee will be paid from a restricted-use insurance settlement fund not from OHSU operating funds.

CCLC operates more than 100 employer-sponsored child care centers across the nation. All CCLC centers are endorsed as Eco-Healthy Child Care Programs by the Oregon Environmental Council. For more information please visit www.cclc.com/ohsu.

About CCLC®

CCLC is a national child care provider dedicated to developing unique and effective employer-sponsored child care programs. Founded in 1992, CCLC currently operates more than 100 employer-sponsored child development centers. In 2009, CCLC was recognized with the Moving Into the Future Award from The Conference Board's Work Life Leadership Council for its eco-healthy child care initiative and was named to the prestigious Companies that Care 2009 Honor Roll. CCLC offers high-quality child care programs for children ages six weeks to 12 years through on-site or near-site child development centers, before and after school programs, summer camps and specialized dependent care programs such as priority access and back-up child care. CCLC has extensive experience providing quality, convenient and affordable child care programs for working families, creating professional work environments for early childhood educators and helping our client realize their goals for recruitment, retention and work-life benefits. For more information visit www.cclc.com

About OHSU

Oregon Health & Science University is the state's only health and research university, and Oregon's only academic health center. OHSU is Portland's largest employer and the fourth largest in Oregon (excluding government) with 12,400 employees (FY 09). OHSU's size contributes to its ability to provide many services and community support activities not found anywhere else in the state. It serves patients from every corner of the state, and is a conduit for learning for more than 3,400 students and trainees. OHSU is the source of more than 200 community outreach programs that bring health and education services to every county in the state.