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There are 17 comments on BU Children’s Center Gets Expanded Home, Now Accepts Infants

  1. “Addressing an important need,” but priced so virtually no staff can afford to send a child there. Guess staff needs aren’t that important.

  2. Congratulations to Kristin and her team of wonderful teachers! We are so happy for what you will be able to accomplish with your students in this beautifully equipped space. As a BUCCI alumni family, we hope once operations return to normal there will be an open house some evening for alumni!

  3. This center is absolutely gorgeous and totally inequitable. High, flat fees and no aid limit any potential for economic and racial diversity. Our insufficiently-paid (and essential) workers are the ones who need high quality childcare, not the wealthy. BU, this is the opposite of antiracist.

  4. I am really happy about the new center! I wish there was a story made about this last 4 months and all the excellent work Kristin and the teachers at BUCCI have been doing remotely with the children and families from the center. They explained the virus to the children, explained social distancing, reinforced good habits like hand washing. They normalized masks. During the BLM protests, Annalisa talk to the children about race and melanin, read books about black families, talk about the protests. They put together a google classroom with a whole library with kids’ books about racial justice, books with black characters and resources for parents on how to bring-up anti-racist conversations at home among other resources to make our life working and parenting easier. During this past 4 months, the teachers have had in addition to regular groups daily with the children, art groups, movement groups, story groups, cooking groups, caterpillar groups, … All via zoom without charging us a dime. I really think this group of people deserve a standing ovation. I feel truly privileged to have had the support of BUCCI professionals during this stressful time. Looking forward to hear about all the awesome new learning opportunities and fun my kid will have in the New Center!!

    1. I agree completely! I’m so thankful to be part of the BUCCI family, and the teachers went above and beyond to stay connected to the children this year. I’m so thankful that I was able to have two children attend the old center–at the new rates it would be out of reach for my family.

    2. Thank you for your kind words Cristina! I am glad that you have felt supported during this challenging time! We look forward to seeing you soon!

  5. The pictures of the new center look beautiful.  It is unfortunate that only the most affluent of BU families will enjoy the privilege of sending their children to this beautiful, new school. Instead of helping to solve the childcare crisis in our country, it appears that BU is contributing to the rising costs by trying to keep apace with Harvard and MIT. BU might argue they are charging the market rate in Boston, but is it right? It hurts families and children when childcare costs more than a mortgage or rent. Can you afford $30,000 a year per child for childcare? There must be a better way. 

  6. Congratulations to all of the staff at the BU Childrens Center! Years of hard work, advocacy, and steadfast progress resulted in this space which is more beautiful than I could have imagined it could be! Enjoy it for years to come!

  7. Well, BU you certainly did an outstanding job at Lenox Street–I loved this beautiful property before the $10m renovation, but it is a stunning daycare today, looks terrific. I must agree with many comments about the price for lower paid staff or faculty, hope you can revisit that. You can’t compare us to MIT or Harvard because those institutions pay their staff much more than BU does–apples and oranges.

  8. The average STAFF salary and budget will not in any way be able to afford this new center. Any assistance from BU in the form of language in Union contracts is out of the question during contract negotiations.

  9. I was so eager to tell new moms in my dept about this gorgeous new childcare center within walking distance from our BU offices. That enthusiasm quickly deflated as we came to find that none of the junior faculty with young children are able to afford it. Older faculty with salaries that might allow access are most often beyond the life stage of having young children. I’m hoping the administration will take a second look at their pricing policies to support younger families. Lack of viable childcare options is the single most impactful variable in income inequity between men and women, unfairly disadvantaging women’s ability to develop their careers.

  10. The new BUCC is breathtakingly lovely & is visually exciting & engaging. So very pleased our grand daughter can be there. People there care!! Dennis Zerega

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