Campus Early Childhood Education and Care

Project Overview

Building on previous child care and early childhood education initiatives, and in support of the University of Arizona's commitment to being a family-friendly university, the Office of University Initiatives is coordinating a Campus Early Childhood Education and Care Working Group to conduct a feasibility study. The feasibility study will include a needs assessment, market research, stakeholder interviews, operational model considerations, and space and budget considerations. The feasibility study will allow us to better understand our campus community’s early education and child care needs as well as potential education and care options for UA parents and caregivers, including the possible development of a campus early childhood education and care center for faculty, staff, and students. A comprehensive report with recommendations will be finalized late in the Fall 2022 semester.

Working Group Members

Name Title Unit/Department

Melissa Barnett

Associate Professor, Family Studies & Human Development

Norton School of Human Ecology; Commission on the Status of Women (CSW)
Karla Cruze-Silva Associate Director Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives
Madeleine De Blois Research Scientist Norton School of Human Ecology
Chris Dominiak Manager of Employee Benefits Human Resources
Peter Dourlein Associate Vice President, University Architect Planning, Design & Construction
Tessa Dysart Assistant Director of Legal Writing and  Clinical Professor, Law ; Secretary of the Faculty College of Law; Faculty Senate
Kara Haberstock Tanoue Research Specialist, Sr. Norton School of Human Ecology
Carole Jensen Director, Child Language Center, Wings on Words Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences
Chrissy Lieberman Associate Dean of Students Dean of Students
Maritza Magdalena Marquez Olague College of Education Graduate Student Representative Graduate and Professional Student Council
Leanna Olivar Assistant Director, Athletic Training, Arizona Athletics Arizona Athletics; Commission on the Status of Women
Jeff Ratje Associate Vice President, Finance, Administration and Operations Division of Agriculture, Life & Veterinary Sciences & Cooperative Extension
Iliana Reyes Associate Dean, Academic Affairs and Community and Global Partnerships College of Education
Pablo Rocha President & Graduate Student Graduate and Professional Student Council
Lourdes Rodriguez Manager, Childcare and Family Resources Life & Work Connections - Human Resources


Project Contact

Lori Van Buggenum, 

Alex Robie Harris,