Childcare at Stanford

The Childcare at Stanford Oral History Project is part of a broader effort to surface and augment archival collections on the history of childcare at the university. The project aims to document in rich detail this critical part of our history as a community and an institution through interviews with teachers, administrators, and staff at Stanford’s Work Life Office. Thomas S. Mullaney, a faculty member in the Department of History, launched the project in 2020, inspired by his own experience as a father of young children and its intensification by the difficulties of trying to balance childcare and work obligations during the COVID-19 global pandemic. The questions that guide the project are: What are the origins of childcare and early childhood education at Stanford University? What ambitions and challenges have shaped this history? What role has childcare played in the broader history of the Stanford community? How has the COVID-19 pandemic impacted childcare and early childhood education? Interviews explore topics including the origins and development of childcare at Stanford, access and affordability, the lives and careers of teachers and administrators, the role of Stanford administration in the history of campus childcare, and more.


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