HAMMOND | Child care will continue at Purdue University Calumet.
In a letter distributed March 20 to parents of Riley Child Center enrollees, the university announced that the south campus facility will remain open, thanks to City of Hammond support from reallocated federal funds pledged by Hammond Mayor Thomas McDermott Jr.
“Due to this generous and thoughtful gesture by the City of Hammond and Mayor McDermott, the university is extremely pleased to enable high quality child care to continue on our campus,” Purdue Calumet Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs Ralph Rogers said.
The Riley Child Center, which opened in 1992, offers capacity for up to 60 children. As a self-supporting operation, the center has earned acclaim as a provider of award-winning, accredited child care. However, declining enrollment in recent years produced an operational deficit of some $40,000 to $60,000 annually, which the university has subsidized.
Facing the prospect of a $4 million overall revenue deficit in 2013-14, the university reported last week it no longer could afford paying that annual expense.