On the Mesa State College campus, kids paint and play at the Little Mavs Learning center. It's something kids have been doing for the last three decades. And now the Daycare is sending out a call to all Little Mavs alums to return to the center for its 30 year anniversary. But this reunion could be their last on the college campus as Mesa State looks to expand its daycare program.
"We issued late last year a request for proposals from daycare providers," says Dana Nunn, Mesa State College spokesperson. "What we hope to do is increase the hours of operation and double the capacity." To do that the daycare center will be moved to the old church, which is where the bike shop is now.
With a record number of students enrolled at Mesa State last year, Sabrena Inda, Little Mavs director says the need to expand is obvious, "We are full. I have 80 children right now and 50 children on the waiting list." Which is why they are one of five daycare providers biding for the spot. If they get it they would hire five or six new people. Inda says, "Right now there is nine Little Maverick staff." Currently enrollment at Little Mavs is limited to children of students, faculty and little mavs staff but that could change.
Inda says, "75–80 percent would be, have to follow those rules and then if I have the space I could go to the public." But first Little Mavs Learning Center has to win the bid or its 30 year anniversary celebration could turn into a going away party.
If you are a Little Mavs alumni and want to attend the anniversary party in April you can call the Little Mavs Learning Center and ask for Sabrena at 248-1318 for more information.