The original program opened on January 16‚ 1972‚ on the east side of campus through the combined efforts of the members of a student organization‚ Circle Women’s Liberation Union‚ and interested faculty and staff who wanted low-cost on-campus child care for students‚ faculty and staff.
In 1974 the University assumed full responsibility for Circle Children’s Center (the original name) following the awarding of an honorary degree to Swiss psychologist Jean Piaget. The Center was assigned to the College of Education‚ and the University provided space as well as an operating subsidy in order that the Center could continue its sliding fee scale based on family income and other financial resources. In 1981 the Center was transferred to Campus Auxiliary Services.
In 1984‚ through the efforts of the Chancellor’s Committee on the Status of Women‚ the Center expanded its services to the west side of campus and our second site was opened on September 17.
In August 2012 financial and operational challenges made it necessary to consolidate the two sites.
Today the Children’s Center operates out of the west site location. UIC Children’s Center is under the
immediate supervision of Campus Auxiliary Services‚ Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.