The Lansing Board of Education is moving forward with preparations for a day care service for employees of the Lansing public schools.

“We’re looking at providing employee day care next year,” Superintendent Dan Wessel said.

He said district officials are wanting to operate a program that will be budget neutral. He said the program would be funded through fees charged to employees.

Wessel said district officials are looking at operating the day care service at the school district’s administrative and special education headquarters.

When they met Monday, board members authorized the naming of a program director so district officials can begin the process of obtaining a state license to operate a day care service.

“We have to live by the same rules as any other day care,” Wessel said.

For now, Wessel is acting as the program director so the licensing process can begin. He said the process needs to start now if district officials want the day care service in place at the start of the next school year.

He said district officials are exploring the employee day care service to help with recruiting and retaining teachers.

Wessel said the day care would serve children from birth to the age of 5.

Based on interest expressed by current employees, the program could start with 28 children.

Wessel said the total cost of operating the program will depend on the number of children enrolled and needed staff.

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