UF’s Baby Gator child care, education program approved for expansion

Hundreds of children learn and play among pint-sized chairs, colorful posters and outdoor playgrounds every week at Baby Gator, the University of Florida’s Child Development and Research Center.

Soon, huge changes are coming to the wildly popular program. Baby Gator is gearing up to eliminate its chronically long wait list and is expected to more than double in capacity after an estimated $35 million expansion.

The three-part plan was announced at Thursday’s Board of Trustees meeting and its first phase approved.

Baby Gator is an on-campus daycare-to-pre-kindergarten school favored by parents who work or study at the University of Florida. It is widely seen as a perk for student parents and UF faculty with young children, and its waiting list is hundreds of families deep.

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