Fermilab: A Leader In Child Care As Well As In Physics

When physicist Wyatt Merritt shows up for work each morning on the campus of Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., she’s accompanied by Frank, her three-year-old son. After dropping him off at a little blue house surrounded by a white picket fence, Merritt goes to her office and begins her work day, comfortable in the knowledge that while she concentrates on the high-energy physics of the lab’s D/O project, her toddler is safe and happy just five minutes away, listening to stories about pilgrim

Kathleen Flinn
Oct 30, 1988

When physicist Wyatt Merritt shows up for work each morning on the campus of Fermilab in Batavia, Ill., she’s accompanied by Frank, her three-year-old son. After dropping him off at a little blue house surrounded by a white picket fence, Merritt goes to her office and begins her work day, comfortable in the knowledge that while she concentrates on the high-energy physics of the lab’s D/O project, her toddler is safe and happy just five minutes away, listening to stories about pilgrims and learning his shapes and colors.

The house with the white picket fence is the Children’s Center at Fermilab, an innovative model for day care facilities that has been operating effectively for the past eight years. While most other research institutes and corporations are still only in the study phase in dealing with the child care issue, the Children’s Center at Fermilab has evolved into a model of...

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