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Clovis Community College Center Child Development Center

The Child Development Center opened in fall of 2007. The six million dollar facility was funded through a collaboration with the State Department of Education, Clovis Unified School District, State Center Community College District, and First Five of Fresno and serves a dual role; providing high quality child development and child-care services for children and as a model demonstration site for students studying child development. The center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Philosophy
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Our approach to early education stems from the work of developmental theorists who view children as competent, unique individuals who grow and learn through exploring and investigating the world around them and others in it. Our practices are inspired by Reggio Emilia, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Program Standards and developmentally appropriate practices.

The role of the teacher is to be a partner in the teaching/ learning process with the child, by creating learning opportunities for children to achieve their full potential.

We view the environment as the third teacher. The learning space is reflective of home; flexible, creative and interesting. Within this setting, children are taught to respect and care for the environment, each other and their work. This allows for self-direction and freedom to follow their own interests, which are powerful motivators for learning. Our learning environments reflect and celebrate the value and diversity of each child’s culture and ethnic background.

Clovis Community College Center Child Development Center is committed to maintaining outstanding and exemplary program standards. The Child Development Center honors this commitment by providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum and using an integrated approach to meet the developing social, emotional, cognitive, creative, linguistic, and physical needs of each child.

Admission & Eligibility – The Child Development Center gives priority to the following three groups:

1.Children of Clovis Unified School District employees. Enrollment of this group is handled through CUSD Child Development Department.
2.State Center Community College students taking a minimum of 6 units per semester.
3.State Center Community College staff and faculty.

Admission is made based on availability and once the child is determined to be:

·Between the ages of 18 months and 5 years of age
·Ready for the type of group experience that Child Development Center offers
·Able to benefit from the program
·Competent in toileting (preschool classrooms only)

Waitlist Applications are available at the center office, located in the Child Development Center. Once the center is full a waitlist is maintained. Applications must be resubmitted each March to remain on the waitlist. Incomplete applications will be eliminated.

Hours of Operation & Cost- The center opens @ 7:30am Monday through Friday and closes at 5:30pm everyday but Monday which closes at 4:00 for weekly center staff meetings, mid-August through mid-June. We offer full day care for toddlers and preschoolers. We offer a half day program only for children 3 to 5 years of age. You may choose; 5 days (Monday thru Friday), 3 days (Monday, Wednesday, & Friday), or 2 days (Tuesday &Thursday).

Toddler/Young Preschool
18-30 months/fall semester
24-36 months/spring semester
7:30am - 5:30pm
$27.00/Day

Half Day Preschool
3-5 year olds
8:00am - 12:00pm $16.00/Day


Full Day Preschool
3-5 year olds
7:30am - 5:30pm
$25.00/Day

*There is a $20.00 registration fee due each semester.
*The center is closed for all State Center Community College District holidays and two days for staff professional development opportunities.
*The center closes at 4:00pm on Mondays for staff meetings. 
*Summer sessions are determined by the district course offerings.

Staffing Information – Our Early Childhood Specialist hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s in Child Development. Our Teacher Assistants hold a minimum of an Associate Degree in Child Development. Early Childhood Specialists, Teacher Assistants and student interns work with children, as do college students who are in training at the center. Our administrative staff includes two Child Development Instructor Coordinators who oversee the Child Development Center.

Family Partnership Philosophy – The center is not only here to serve children, our center also serves families. Our success in working with families depends on hearing from them. We value your thoughts and ideas. Every family comes to us from different circumstances and with different points of view. We respect the parent/child (family) relationship, support its growth, understand it as a process and trust its outcome. Parents are welcomed and valued; when parents and staff communicate, children’s needs are met more effectively. When parents participate, it enhances children’s learning. This is a family center out doors are always open. Family events are held several times throughout the year.

Addition Information – Families can open and review the Child Development Center Parent Handbook for additional information about the center’s policies and requirements for admission.

Child Development Students Course Work – The child development students and instructors use the program in three different ways:

1.Students observe teacher/child interactions, play and use of materials and the environment for course work.

2.Students act as teacher assistants while taking practicum courses working under the supervision of the instructor of the course and the Early Childhood Specialist. Student teachers guide and interact with the children, and plan and implement curriculum.

3.Child Development interns work part time in the Child Development Center to gain the hours needed to apply for a California Child Development Permit through the Department of Education Teacher Credentialing Department.

 

 

 

Last updated: 10/27/2014 1:22:28 PM
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