Childcare futures as a lever for broader change

Players are shouting out the great work that is already happening on campus with the Child & Family Center and the Isabel Patterson Child Development Center – and not surprisingly, they would like to see more resources directed to expand these services in the coming years. Students, staff and faculty are all using their Positive Imagination to envision a 2030 campus with more childcare, for a broader age range, and for less money.

Yes! Currently the only child care on campus for staff/faculty starts at 18 months old. Employees have limited & expensive options off-campus, often with long wait lists and that entail longer commutes. How can we direct resources to expanded infant care for employees?

As a former student parent, students need more childcare options too. Like part-time childcare for infants and toddlers.

But as some players point out, reinventing child care could go well beyond simply expanding access and affordability. It could actually transform campus life in 2030 for everyone, parent and non-parent alike.

What if, for example, in addition to the regular class schedule, 2030 has a whole new set of class schedules that accommodate parent and caregiver calendars?

Classes are regularly offered from 6 am to 12 am. This accommodates for work and childcare schedules. Additionally, this would solve problems with parking.

If classes were expanded to nontraditional hours, campus facilities could be used more efficiently (no more classrooms empty all weekend), CSULB could attract a different set of students, and even reduce course congestion. Students juggling work and childcare could have more options. Of course, this would also extend to more options for backbone faculty and staff:

IMAGINE 4/10 work schedules, 4 week work schedules, 6am-2pm work schedules, 3 weekday/2 weekend schedules. This would provide us options to be productive employees and dedicated parents.

So not only could we see classes offered at different hours of the day, we might even see them offered in different chunks of time rather than the traditional M-F and the full semester. Pop-up classes, weekend classes, all could be added to a new menu of blended learning (digital + face to face) to create a daily rhythm that expands options for attending, working at, and teaching at The Beach.