The Early Childhood Center's three part mission is:
To provide quality care and education for children of the University community, ages two through five.
To assist student parents with their goal of obtaining a college degree by providing them with convenient and affordable childcare and connecting them to resources
To serve as a demonstration site for research, observation, and practicum purposes.
- that all children are individuals who learn in their own way and at their own pace
- that play is the most important process through which young children learn
- that children learn best through educational experiences that are developmentally appropriate
- that parents are a vital part of the learning process
- in a collaborative approach to education
- children learn from each other as well as from role models
- a qualified, dedicated staff is critical to the development and maintenance of a quality early education program.
As a school community, we have committed to the following:
Providing the highest quality care and education for young children, where we
- Respect the dignity, worth, and uniqueness of each individual (each child, family member, and educator).
- Children are seen as thinkers, researchers, and problem solvers.
- Recognize that children and adults achieve their full potential in the context of relationships based upon trust and respect.
Providing a supportive environment and resources where:
- Families feel accepted and welcomed.
- Educators appreciate and support the bond between each child and family.
- Educators value the development of relationship, open dialogue, and collaborations.
Serve as an integral part of the Division of Student Affairs, by:
- Supporting the academic/employment goals of students, faculty, and staff across campus.
- Enhancing the development of student employees' professional skills and dispositions.