The preschool classrooms at the Child and Family Development Resource Center provide a rich and engaging educational experience for 3-, 4-, and 5-year-old children from the local and university communities.
Bathed in natural sunlight, the classrooms are warm and inviting, reminiscent of a home environment that says “children and families are welcome here.” Careful attention to every detail is evidenced by the soft paint colors, natural wood floors, and giant windows. Classrooms open directly onto a back patio for outdoor projects and raised garden beds for planting. Each preschool classroom enrolls a maximum of 15 children. The center is open from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm and runs year round. All classrooms are staffed with exceptionally well-trained professionals, including a head teacher, teacher associate and university assistant.The center also employs work study students and collaborates with the university faculty to provide early childhood education students with opportunities for field placements, research opportunities and classroom observations.
Every classroom has three mounted cameras which allow parents, students, staff, and faculty to view classroom life, without disturbing children’s activities.
We are fortunate to include as part of our staff, faculty members who provide expertise in physical education, music, and yoga as part of the curriculum. The daily schedule provides a balance of indoor and outdoor activities. In inclement weather, the children utilize the gross motor equipment available in what is known as “The Great Room”—a colorful, sun-filled, carpeted space for riding, running, climbing and dancing. The Center is equipped with a children’s kitchen-a perfect setting for small group cooking– and an art studio where children are free to explore, create, invent and collaborate.