ERIC Number: ED244658
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984
Reference Count: 0
Who's Learning at This Preschool?
Fechter, Clay M.; Witten, Dorothy B.
In order to satisfy the need for low-cost child care services for the growing number of student-parents and to provide a more structured practical experience for students in its child care curriculum, Schoolcraft College created the Child Care Center as a campus laboratory in 1981. The child care curriculum, which emphasizes optimal development of the whole child, was developed out of an urgent need for trained personnel to serve as teacher-aides in special education classrooms. The role of the Child Care Center within the program is to support coursework by providing students with the opportunity to put into practice the methods they have been taught and to discover what they value and want for children. The Center provides care for a maximum of 24 children at any given hour for fees that are comparable with those of commercial day care centers in the area. By the end of its first year, the Center was able to offset its direct costs for salaries, employee fringe benefits, food, and supplies. The Center is supervised by teaching professionals and college faculty who take an active role with the children, while guiding and advising students. A typical day at the Center includes activities for the development of cognitive skills and self-concept, and rhythm and music periods. Plans for future development of the Center include renovation and expansion of the facility to accommodate 20 more children. (HB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
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Identifiers: Schoolcraft College MI