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Childcare Center Campaign Kicks Off

September 20, 2016

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation has kicked off the public phase of its campaign to raise money to build a new childcare center on the College’s campus. The entire project will cost $5.5 million, with $4.5 million already secured through state support and a lead gift from Arthur Kuckes.

The Arthur Kuckes Childcare Center will replace the College’s current childcare center and greatly enhance the capabilities to serve students and the community. The new center will nearly triple the capacity to 80 children, will expand the age-range served to include infants, and strengthen the College’s Early Childhood academic program by offering more internship and training opportunities. The Early Childhood program historically is a vital supplier of staff for childcare centers in the Tompkins and Cortland County communities, and the Arthur Kuckes Childcare Center will be a prime learning lab for students in that program.

The fundraising campaign will raise money to create an operating endowment, which will in turn allow the center to provide income-based, affordable childcare for our students and community. Construction is expected to begin in 2017 with opening hoped for in late 2018.

The Tompkins Cortland Community College Foundation is a not-for-profit entity separate from the College with the sole purpose of supporting the efforts of the College. Fore more information the Foundation and the childcare center, visit the Foundation website.