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Early Childhood Center
Early Childhood Center
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Mission

The Early Childhood Center's three part mission is: 

  1. To provide quality care and education for children of the University community, ages two through five.

  2. 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

  3. To serve as a demonstration site for research, observation, and practicum purposes.


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Philosophy

We believe...

  • 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.


Goals

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.
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