Aerial Unlimited Childcare & Gymnastics has announced that it will offer Western Nevada Community College students both day and evening child care services at a reduced cost beginning with the fall 2005 semester.
"We are so pleased to work with the college on this," said Karen Cody, owner and director of the Fallon child care center. "Child care will be available to WNCC students from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday."
According to Bus Scharmann, dean of the Fallon Campus and Rural Development, finding a local child care provider who could serve WNCC students both during the day and evening was difficult.
"We have been researching the possibility of this service for months, and, when Aerial Unlimited was licensed for operation during evening hours, we were very pleased," Scharmann said.
WNCC counselor Ron Marrujo was instrumental in working with the firm to offer the opportunity to students.
"Unaffordable day and evening child care is a major reason why adults with children might not be able to continue college to complete their degree," Marrujo pointed out. "By reducing this barrier, we believe many more students will be able to attend college classes and achieve their educational goals."
Aerial Unlimited will offer WNCC students discounted hourly rates and will accept babies 15 months and older. Parents can pay a week in advance or for the entire semester. Financial assistance through JOIN or the Children's Cabinet may be available if parents qualify, or the cost of child care services may be included in a WNCC student's financial aid package.
Parents must present their class schedules to Aerial Unlimited approximately one week before individual services begin so that staff can plan.
"We welcome similar arrangements with other local child care providers so that parents have a choice, and, of course, we hope to have a child care facility on or adjacent to the Fallon campus someday. However, for right now, we are very happy that Karen Cody of Aerial Unlimited has made this opportunity for reduced rate day and evening child care services for WNCC students possible," Scharmann said.
Aerial Unlimited is an independent business and has no contractual agreement with WNCC.
For more information, individuals should contact Karen Cody at Aerial Unlimited, 160 Industrial Way, at 423-1610. Informational flyers are also available at the WNCC Fallon campus.
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