EVANSVILLE, Ind. – With a shortfall in university funding and concerns revolving around the COVID-19 pandemic, the University of Southern Indiana’s Children’s Learning Center (CLC) will not be reopening.
During a news conference Monday, university officials announced the closing of the CLC, which has primarily served children, ages 2-5, of USI faculty and staff.
After the center closed on March 18 due to the novel coronavirus, along with the remaining USI campus, the recruitment and acceptance of children stopped, causing a significant hit to the center’s 2020-2021 budget.
This financial shortfall worsened the cumulative impact of annual operating deficits for the CLC over a number of years, which have been subsidized by University funds.
“We can no longer place a bandaid on this facility.
“It’s served us well, but there are still major needs, and we know that,” USI President Ronald Rochon said. ” So, we just decided this was the time for us to close the center until we are able to secure funding down the road.”
The costly improvements to the temporary building that houses the center was also a factor in the CLC’s closing.
Zane Mitchell, who helps oversee the CLC program