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 8, 6, 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.

Executive Director – Ashley Gunter

Ashley GunterAshley Gunter is the Executive Director of the University Childcare Center where she is responsible for overseeing the program as a whole. Ashley has been working at the UCC since July 2012. She started as the center’s Parent Resource Coordinator for the first two years of her employment, became the center Director in May 2014, and just recently became the Executive Director.

Prior to her employment with the University Childcare Center she was formerly 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.  She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from the University of Georgia and Master’s Degree in Educational Technology from DeVry University. 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 & 2) . You may contact Ashley via email (uccdir@uga.edu) or office phone (706-227-5316).

Director – Ashley Stough

Ashley BryantAshley Stough is the Director of the University Childcare Center where she is responsible for the day-to-day operations. Her specific duties include ensuring the health, safety, and quality of care provided at the UCC are the number one priority.  Additionally, Ashley maintains internal communication with both families, children, and staff as well as ensures curriculum is being implemented appropriately and effectively either in the classroom or through adequate training for the teachers.

Ashley has been working for the University Childcare Center since the doors opened in January 2012. She began as a classroom teacher shortly before becoming the Assistant Director for the past 5 years. Prior to her employment at the UCC she was a PreK teacher and the Director of another local child care center giving her years of teaching and administrative experience. She holds an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education from Athens Tech and a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Piedmont College. Ashley and her new husband, Josh, are both local Athenians who know our community very well! You may contact Ashley via email (asstdir@uga.edu) or office phone (706-227-5316).

Assistant Director – Robyn Obana

Robyn ObanaRobyn Obana is the Assistant Director of the University Childcare Center where she is responsible for communicating with parents through enrollment, referral services and community outreach projects. She is the first point of contact in the event that Director, Ashley Stough, is not available. Robyn started working at the UCC in September 2014 as a Lead Teacher in one of our 2 year old classrooms. Shortly thereafter Robyn became our Parent Resource Coordinator before taking on the Assistant Director role. Additionally, 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.

Robyn holds an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education from Athens Tech and a Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development from Walden University.  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).

Team Leader – Kristy Haley

Kristy HaleyKristy Haley is the Team Leader for the University Childcare Center where she is responsible for the day-to-day employee staffing for the entire center. Kristy has been working for the UCC since June 2014 where she started as a substitute and then later became an assistant teacher in our four-year old classroom.

Kristy has her Technical College Certificate in Early Childhood Education and has over 20 years of experience in the early childhood field. Her experience ranges in both classroom and center administration. Kristy and her husband, Travis, have three daughters ages 22, 17, and 8. You may contact Robyn via email (khaley@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:

 2017:

  • 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

Have questions about The University of Georgia University Childcare Center? Visit our Frequently Asked Questions!