About

Age of Children Served

6 weeks through 4 years.

Schedule & Hours

University Childcare Center follows the University of Georgia’s Faculty and Staff holiday schedule. University Childcare Center is open M-F, 7am – 6pm.

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UCC Administration

President – Wes Zwirn
Wes ZwirnWes Zwirn is the President of the University Childcare Center where he is responsible for the overall success and operations of the center while also collaborating with the University of Georgia. Wes worked with the UGA architects office as well as many other UGA staff to assist in the design and implementation of UCC.  Wes reports to the Vice President of Human Resources at UGA and also sits on the UGA/UCC advisory board committee. This committee meets quarterly to ensure UCC is meeting the goals and objectives desired by UGA’s faculty, staff and students. Wes holds a master’s degree from the University of Georgia in Agricultural Economics. Wes and his wife, Jennifer, have owned and operated another childcare center in Athens since 2009.  They started their own childcare center with the hopes of offering their own children (ages 7, 5, and 1) a unique and high quality childcare experience.  In many ways, that center’s success proved to be the model for UCC’s operations. You can contact Wes via email with any questions or concerns: weszwirn@uga.edu.

Director – Ashley Gunter

Ashley GunterAshley Gunter is the Director of the University Childcare Center where she is responsible for the overall, day-to-day, functioning of the program as a whole. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from DeVry University. Prior to becoming the Director, Ashley was the UCC’s Parent Resource Coordinator for two years. Formerly, she was a Family Engagement Literacy Specialist for the Early Head Start & Head Start Program for Clarke County School District and has years of childcare, Georgia Pre-K, and administrative experience. With close to 12 years’ experience in the early childcare field, Ashley has held various roles and brings many professional experiences and perspectives to the University Childcare Center. Ashley and her husband, Chase, have two daughters (ages 5 & 1) that attend the UCC. You may contact Ashley via email (uccdir@uga.edu) or office phone (706-227-5316).

 

Assistant Director – Ashley Bryant

Ashley BryantAshley Bryant is the Assistant Director of the University Childcare Center and is the first point of contact in the event that Director, Ashley Gunter, is not available. Additionally, her specific duties include staffing, maintaining internal communication, and ensuring the curriculum is being implemented appropriately and effectively. Ashley holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Athens Tech. She also holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood and is currently working on her MBA; both from Piedmont College. Ashley has years of teaching experience in both a crawlers and pre-k classrooms as well as administrative experience. Ashley was previously the Director of another local child care center and began her work at University Childcare Center as a classroom teacher prior to being named Assistant Director. You may contact Ashley via email (asstdir@uga.edu) or office phone (706-227-5316).

 

Parent Resource Coordinator – Robyn Obana

Robyn ObanaRobyn Obana is the Parent Resource Coordinator for the University Childcare Center where she is responsible for communicating with parents through enrollment, referral services and community outreach projects. Robyn holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Athens Tech and a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Walden University. Robyn has worked as an assistant teacher in a Special Education Preschool class on the U.S. Fleet Activities Yokosuka base in Japan, and as a lead teacher at the Child Development Center on Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu, Hawaii. Most recently, Robyn was a lead teacher in a two-year old classroom here at the University Childcare Center before taking on her role as Parent Resource Coordinator. Robyn and her husband, Charlie, have two children ages 12 and 8. You may contact Robyn via email (uccprc@uga.edu) or phone (706-227-5316).

Professional Learning Days

UCC offers up to 10 Professional Learning Days per year for its staff in which we will be closed to families. Not only is offering professional development a requirement for Bright from the Start licensing rules, it is also a way of strengthening our Educators knowledge base, thus ensuring quality care and education for your children. During the designated days, our staff will participate in a variety of educational training and workshops. Topics will range from general health and safety to curriculum development and assessment. You will be provided a summary of our professional development sessions upon completion of training. The current Professional Learning Day and Holiday schedule:

2016:

  • September 5th, 2016 (Monday) Labor Day Holiday
  • September 30th, 2016 (Friday) GAYC Conference for Staff
  • October 28th, 2016 (Friday) PL Day
  • November 23rd, 2016 (Wednesday) HALF DAY – PL Day
  • November 24th-25th, 2016 (Thursday – Friday) Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 26th-28th, 2016 (Monday –Wednesday) Christmas Holiday
  • UCC will be OPEN Thursday & Friday, December 29th & 30th

 2017:

  • January 2nd, 2017 (Monday) New Year’s Holiday
  • January 16th, 2017 (Monday) MLK Day
  • February 20th, 2017 (Monday) PL Day
  • March 10th, 2017 (Friday) PL Day
  • April 4th, 2017 (Tuesday) HALF DAY – PL Day
  • May 4th, 2017 (Thursday) HALF DAY – PL Day
  • May 29th, 2017 (Monday) Memorial Day Holiday
  • June 9th, 2017 (Friday) PL Day
  • July 3rd, 2017 (Monday) PL Day
  • July 4th, 2017 (Tuesday) Independence Holiday
  • August 4th, 2017 (Monday) PL Day
  • September 4th, 2017 (Monday) Labor Day Holiday
  • September 28th, 2017 (Thursday) HALF DAY – PL Day
  • October 27th, 2017 (Friday) PL Day
  • November 22nd, 2017 (Wednesday) HALF DAY – PL Day
  • November 23rd & 24th, 2017 (Thursday – Friday) Thanksgiving Holiday
  • December 25th – 27th, 2017 (Monday – Wednesday) Christmas Holiday
  • UCC will be OPEN Thursday & Friday, December 28th & 29th

Mission & Values

University Childcare Center’s goal is to offer first-class childcare and to provide a warm, engaging learning environment to the children of UGA faculty, staff and students as well as to families of the Athens community. Located in a newly renovated 12,000 square foot facility on UGA’s Health Sciences Campus, with a total of over 15,000 square feet of outdoor play area spanning four age appropriate playgrounds, University Childcare Center will bring happiness to many Athens children and families. University Childcare Center has smaller classrooms and very low teacher to child ratios giving our children the opportunity to receive great amounts of individual attention from our highly trained teachers. A University of Georgia childcare center has the great luxury of being associated with many educated, passionate individuals who have great experience and training in early childhood education. Our children learn from and are cared for by these individuals, which create a positive environment for our children’s critical first 5 years. These early years are the foundation for our children’s future. We hope you allow us the opportunity to help raise your children at University Childcare Center.

Curriculum

University Childcare Center uses The Creative Curriculum For Infants, Toddlers and Twos as well as For Preschool. The Creative Curriculum is the country’s leading scientifically based, comprehensive curriculum for programs serving children from birth to age 5. The Creative Curriculum serves as a road map to help teachers and administrators implement the most effective early childhood education methods possible.The curriculum focuses on all aspects of the child’s development, setting goals and standards for teachers and children, setting up a responsive environment and caring for, teaching and assessing the children while working with families to ensure they are involved in their child’s progress.

UCC Standards

Our childcare program is licensed by the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning and operates based on the most stringent standards of national accrediting childcare associations with regard to child-to-teacher ratios, classroom sizes, and teacher training, similar to the University of Georgia’s Child Development Lab at the McPhaul Center.

Ratios and sizes

Group Teacher to Child Ratio Maximum Number of Children Per Room
Infants 1:4 8
Young Toddlers 1:4 12
Older Toddlers 1:6 12
3 & 4 year old 1:7 14

Facility


Floor Plan

Frequently Asked Questions

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