APSU will close the Child Learning Center for the month of July to update and repair the facility and due to staffing issues. The center expects to reopen on Aug. 1.

Director of Housing Joe Mills said the repairs are preventative and include power washing the sidewalk, cleaning the air conditioning units and painting in several areas. The university will close the center to not violate state childcare guidelines after the retirement of Connie Sanders, the former director of the Child Learning Center, reported Mills.

Tennessee requires a set ratio of students to teachers and an acting director on site for all childcare centers. With Sanders’ retirement the center is without a director and Mills said the school is searching for a replacement and plans on completing its search by August.

The center, located in the Sexton building, serves as a daycare and preschool for children ages 2 to 5 for APSU students, employees and families in the community.

During the summer, the center’s role changes from all day care to a drop off focus and currently only has seven children enrolled for June. Mills said the center’s closing was planned around the low enrollment in order to not inconvenience many families.

For more information please contact Joe Mills at APSU Housing https//www.apsu.edu/housing.