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Weill Cornell Medical College to Create Child Care Center for Faculty, Students and Staff

Dear Weill Cornell Community,

Thanks to the hard work of a group of people dedicated to making Weill Cornell a great place to work, I am pleased to announce that we will create a full-service child care center for up to 60 children of our faculty, staff and students near our campus on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

We recently signed an agreement to lease and refurbish space on 60th Street between York and First avenues. We will begin renovations this fall, and if all goes according to plan we will open the center sometime in the fall of 2013.

Our new center will be operated by Bright Horizons Family Solutions, one of the world's leading providers of child care services. The company operates child care centers and schools across the U.S., Canada and Europe, including several in New York City. We currently partner with Bright Horizons on our back-up child and elder care benefit, and, as some of you may know, Bright Horizons operates the child care center at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital.

Creating this new center has been part of my leadership agenda since I arrived at Weill Cornell. It is critically important to meet the work-life demands of our faculty, staff and students, especially as we recruit for our new Belfer Research Building.

As we all know, quality child care is hard to come by and expensive in New York City, and we see this as an important step in improving this benefit for our Weill Cornell community. We believe we have found great space that is perfectly suited to our needs and convenient to our campus, and we are thrilled to be in partnership with Bright Horizons.

Our new center is important for other reasons, too. I firmly believe that it is another strong example of our ongoing effort to create a culture of diversity and inclusion at Weill Cornell. By helping members of the Weill Cornell community manage their lives and the lives of their families, we will continue to improve our ability to create and maintain a culture of excellence.

As exciting as the new center is, it will not solve all our child care issues. The Weill Cornell community is comprised of more than 5,000 people, and we expect the center to be oversubscribed.

To help manage the expected demand, we have formed an advisory committee made up of faculty and staff to oversee the operations and policy development for the child care center, including tuition rates, eligibility and program objectives. We will also be coordinating closely with our back-up program to manage the demand as best we can.

I want to thank our Board of Overseers for their support of this initiative, as well as Lisa Abbott, our Senior Director of Human Resources, and Rache Simmons of our Office of Faculty Diversity, for making it happen. This is an exciting program for Weill Cornell and another example of how we are setting the standard for excellence in academic medicine.

Laurie H. Glimcher, M.D.
Stephen and Suzanne Weiss Dean
Weill Cornell Medical College
Provost for Medical Affairs Cornell University

Posted September 11, 2012 1:35 PM | Permalink to this post