Fonds UR-009 - Gingerbread House fonds

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Gingerbread House fonds

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  • 1971 - 1974 (Creation)
    Mount Saint Vincent University. Gingerbread House

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10 cm of textual records

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The Gingerbread House, a student cooperative child-minding service for two to five year-old children of Continuing Education students, faculty and staff attending Mount Saint Vincent University, opened on September 4, 1973. The day care was originally located on the MSVU campus, in the basement of Monay House, but moved to the basement of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in 1974. The cost was a $25.00 registration fee and $2.00 per session (morning or afternoon). Parents were expected to participate in the coop, serving on the governing committee and augmenting the paid staff by participating three hours each week in the program. The Gingerbread House was established as a project of MSVU Married Students Society and incorporated under the Nova Scotia statutes. The first Director was Madeleine Alam. In 1976 a new day care centre opened on the MSVU campus, which caused enrolment to drop at the Gingerbread House. In the late 1970s the Gingerbread House closed as the high cost of securing paid staff for a small number of students was too great.

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Fonds consists of meeting minutes of Gingerbread House (1973), guidelines for parents, flyers and forms, correspondence (1973-1974), background material, Charter and procedures for Gingerbread House, including a proposal presented to the MSVU Board of Governors (1973) and correspondence (1973). Fonds includes material related to discussions concerning the need for day care at MSVU (1971-1972), and minutes and reports of the MSVU Day Care Committee, and feasibility study materials (1971-1972).

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  • English

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  • Arabic

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Copyright Mount Saint Vincent University Archives.

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Accession number: 2003-245

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