Alumni and parents of students who attended the Brenau University Child Development Center are being asked share their memories of the CDC following the announcement of its planned closure.
Former Alumni Director Jenny Dell said she felt like the Brenau administration made the best choice for the university, and no one knows the bottom line except for them. However, she was one of many disappointed by the closure.
"When this announcement was made earlier this week, I just started seeing a lot people on social media showing a lot of emotion," said Dell. "It really kind of hit hard with me as a past CDC parent as well, of how important the Child Development Center was to me as a working mother, as a new mother, and I was seeing a lot of these same sentiments being put out on social media and thought, maybe we could at least collect these stories."
Dell said the goal is to put the stories into a book and give it to school officials, as well as the Board of Trustees.
"Not to change their minds now, but who knows, maybe down the road the reopening of a similar type of childcare facility would be something they would consider."
Dell became a new mother while employed at Brenau and utilized the Child Development Center. She felt the education and care her child received was high quality, and said her daughter still talks about Brenau after her three years at the center.
Dell said last year, statistics showed over 2 million women left the workforce to stay home with children, due to closures of daycare centers and schools during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"It feels a little bit like a step in the wrong direction for a historical women's college to be closing a facility that really helps women stay in and enter the workforce," Dell said.
Listen to the full interview with Dell above.
Contact Jenny Dell to share memories and stories of the Brenau University Child Development Center by emailing [email protected]