Marin Riegger has joined the Graduate School at Virginia Tech as child care coordinator and will focus on identifying options for university students with children. 

In her position, Riegger will assess students’ child care needs, research potential and affordable programs and support services, and develop a parents’ child care cooperative program.

“The Graduate School recognizes that child care is a pressing concern for many current and prospective students,” said Vice President and Dean for Graduate Education Karen P. DePauw. “Marin will lead a multi-year childcare initiative to find ways to support to students who struggle to balance graduate education and family life.”

Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Riegger owned and directed Paper Moon Playgroup in Brooklyn, New York, an early childhood education program for children ages 2 to 5. She began the program in 2009, which included a pre-kindergarten curriculum and enrichment activities.

“I know first-hand what it is like to be in graduate school raising a child on a very limited income, and to have very few resources to help in that endeavor,” Riegger said. “I'd like to be a part of helping Virginia Tech pull ahead of its peer institutions through a long-overdue investment in affordable early childhood development and care for the families of its students.

“By so doing," she said, "we will be able to continue to enroll the best and brightest students, as they are drawn to this University, and the work-life balance it has to offer.”

Riegger received her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and a master’s degree from the University of North Texas.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.

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