Board of Regents approves university land purchase, childcare program

Danielle Ferguson

An ISU request to purchase land by Airport Road was unanimously approved by the Board of Regents today, along with a request for a new program in early childcare education and programming.

The board unanimously approved each of these requests.

The $1.4 million plot of land by Airport Road, which was previously a John Deere implement dealership, meets a series of university needs, which includes the support and growth of the ISU Research Park.

The program for early childcare education and programming will train professionals to work as teachers and administrators in child care programs, but will not provide licensure in public schools. The program is designed for those who can move to different locations and serve those who are also mobile, such as military families. 

Implementation is expected to be fall 2015.