Child care available to UF grad students

Published: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.
Last Modified: Friday, November 22, 2013 at 6:47 p.m.

Graduate assistants who have to work during Thanksgiving week have a place to drop off their children while Alachua County schools are closed.

Baby Gator and Graduate Assistants United have teamed up to provide child care for their children, said Emily McCann, co-president of GAU. GAU has agreed to provide financial support to Baby Gator to care for the elementary school-age children of graduate assistants, she said.

Baby Gator can only accommodate 25 children per day for Monday and Tuesday, the two days that UF is open, McCann said. GAU will pay $20 of the $35 daily rate at Baby Gator, she said.

The money will come from GAU’s savings.

“We had been hearing about the need for child care from grad students for a while,” she said.

GAU has 870 members out of 4,174 graduate assistants. Under Florida’s right to work law, all are covered by the bargaining unit. An informal survey by GAU showed about 20 percent have children.

“We are happy to help grad students get child care for these two days,” McCann said. “Through events like this, we hope to make the needs of grad students more visible.”

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