Thursday, March 4, 2010

Chilcare at 215th AAS Meeting

Don Kniffen of the CSWA has the following report on childcare usage at the January 2010 AAS Meeting:
In an effort to make the AAS meetings more family friendly, at the 215th Meeting in DC in January 2010 there was an on-site childcare facility made available for a nominal rate of $8 per hour per child. The CSWA and the AAS advertised this service to ensure that all who wished to take advantage of this program were aware of its existence. It appears the initial use was modest (see statistics below) and the AAS and CSWA hope that, through increased awareness and use by the community, it will become a regular feature of AAS meetings. The following data were provided by the AAS on usage of the facility.

AAS Child Care Program Usage Statistics
Sunday:
January 3 - 6:00 pm to
10:00 pm
 2 children total, 2 infants
Monday:
January 4 - 8:00 am to
 6:00 pm
10 children total, 2 infants
Tuesday:
January 5 - 8:00 am to
 6:00 pm
10 children total, 1 infant
Wednesday:
January 6 - 8:00 am to
 6:00 pm
10 children total, 1 infant
Thursday:
January 7 - 8:00 am to
 6:00 pm
 2 children total, 1 infant

The ages of the children ranged from 6 months through 12 years old as follows:
0 - 2 years old: 2 (25%)
3 - 5 years old: 4 (33%)
6 - 8 years old: 4 (33%)
9 - 12 years old: 1 ( 9%)

A total of 12 children from 8 families were signed up for the program. The CSWA is encouraged by this initial response. If members can confidently count on it being available, it will serve the society and its members with young children well.