By law, Francesca Benson (then Stonaker) had to stop teaching when she adopted her children. In 1969, she joined the central New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW) and was soon drawn into a committee tasked with setting up full-time day nursery. Alongside fellow activists, Francesca found and lost premises, recruited teachers, […]
Victory Chase moved to the Princeton area in 1969 and soon became involved with the central New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW). As well as attending consciousness-raising sessions with fellow feminists, she volunteered for the committee on sex stereotyping in early readers. When University NOW Day Nursery (UNOW) opened in September
Elisabeth (Liz) Hagen, who comes from South Africa, lived in southern Africa and Great Britain before moving to Princeton in 1969. She quickly became involved in the central New Jersey Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), including on the committee examining sex stereotyping in early school readers. Liz was soon drawn into the
Jane moved to Princeton to attend graduate school in 1986. She was surprised to learn when she arrived that there were no daycare options for her seven-month old daughter Emma. Jane heard about University NOW Day Nursery (UNOW) from another family living in graduate housing, and Emma began attending after she turned two. As a
Ruth Miller moved from Canada to Princeton in 1970 with her husband and young sons. Tragically, in 1972, she lost her husband. Her youngest son was just old enough to enroll at University NOW Day Nursery (UNOW). Not only did the school provide full-time care, which Ruth needed as she transitioned back to work, but
Barbara Suomi moved to Princeton in 1973, the year her oldest child was born. All three of her children attended University NOW Day Nursery (UNOW) throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Barbara remembers UNOW fondly and was impressed by their philosophy, quality of teachers, and compassionate environment. She especially appreciated that they provided childcare until 6:00
Allison Chou attended the University NOW Day Nursery in the early 2000s. In this interview, she and her, mother, Lin, recount the warmth felt and the adventures shared while in an admittedly cramped, older building. In fall 2019, Allison will be reunited with some of those friends as they enter Princeton University as freshmen.