Utah Valley University broke ground Thursday on an expansion of its child-care center for low-income students.
Designed to help more parents finish college, the 14,000-square-foot Wee Care Center at 1138 S. 400 West in Orem, will be able to hold 110 children when complete. The building will be named for Barbara Barrington Jones, an author and owner of two of Barbizan Schools of Modeling and Fashion Merchandising who donated $2 million of the $3.75 million needed for the project. She is also a former single mother.
The center's 60 spots quickly filled after it was founded in 2001, and it's stayed full ever since, said Carol Verbecky, director of UVU's Turning Point. Costs start at $1 a hour.