Ann Bingham has been named director of the WUSTL Family Learning Center, an on-campus 19,900-square-foot child-care center scheduled to open Sept. 7.
Bingham will oversee operations of the Family Learning Center for Bright Horizons Family Solutions. Bright Horizons Family Solutions manages more than 700 child-care centers for universities, corporations, hospitals and government agencies.
“We are so looking forward to Ann Bingham being the director of our Family Learning Center,” says Ann Prenatt, vice chancellor for human resources. “She will bring to our center terrific experience managing early-childhood education programs and a clear commitment to inclusion and cultural diversity.”
The Family Learning Center is being built on the North Campus at 840 Rosedale Ave. in University City. It will offer care for 156 children of faculty, staff and students from the ages of 6 weeks to 6 years.
“The culture of Washington University families has truly impressed me,” says Bingham, who has worked with many WUSTL families in her previous positions at child-care centers. “In my experience, Washington University parents are highly engaged with their children and eager to work with caregivers to create an environment for children to grow and thrive.
“That culture — along with the commitment from the university and enthusiasm and experience Bright Horizons bring to the table — makes this position one to be coveted,” Bingham says. “I am thrilled to have the opportunity to become part of this wonderful community and help create a nurturing environment for university children that the community can be proud of.”
Most recently, Bingham was the director of Childgarden Child Development Center, an early-childhood education and pediatric therapy program serving more than 400 culturally diverse children annually at multiple locations in Missouri.
Bingham also has served as director of the Elm Point Early Childhood Center in St. Charles, Mo., and as executive director for the Stella Maris Child Center in St. Louis.
She is an affiliate representative on the Board of Directors for the Child Day Care Association of St. Louis and was a board member with the organization from 1999-2003. In 2008, she served as a member of a statewide group tasked with recommending revisions to Missouri’s child-care licensing rules.
Bingham earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Lindenwood University in 1993 and a master’s degree in psychology with an emphasis in developmental psychology from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 1997.
Bingham, her husband and two children reside in St. Peters, Mo.
The lottery for the first enrollment in the Family Learning Center at Washington University will be held Thursday, May 27.
For more information on the Family Learning Center or to download a pre-enrollment form, visit wustl.edu/childcare.