Old golf clubhouse will become childcare center

Old golf clubhouse will become childcare center A $300,000 private gift from Rapid City businessman John Vucurevich will fund the renovation of the old Vermillion golf course clubhouse into a new childcare center at The University of South Dakota.

The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the renovation of the clubhouse (north of the DakotaDome) to become the new home of childcare on campus during their March meeting. The gift will be made through the USD Foundation.

The new facility, to be called the John T. and Connie L. Vucurevich Childcare Center, will allow an expansion of the number of children receiving childcare services as well as consolidation of the infant program now in temporary quarters at another location.

"Our goal in making this gift is to provide safe and stimulating care for children of USD students while their parents pursue their own education in order to better provide for their families," said John Vucurevich.

"John Vucurevich is one of South Dakota's leading philanthropists and one of USD's most generous benefactors to our nursing and business programs," said USD President James W. Abbott. "The University of South Dakota has provided childcare services to the families of students for decades. This very generous gift will rejuvenate the program and position it to continue its long tradition of outstanding care for children," said Abbott.

The clubhouse renovation is expected to be completed in the fall of this year.

The center is currently licensed to serve 40 preschoolers and 12 infants and toddlers at any given time. According to coordinator Merle Eintracht, the new center will be licensed to care for up to 100 children at any given time.

Since 1954, the USD facility has been named the Mathilda Geppert Childcare Center. Geppert will continue to be recognized within the new building, according to USD officials.

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