ERIC Number: ED188772
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Nov
Reference Count: N/A
Flex-Time Child Care: An Alternative Campus Approach.
Katz, Rachelle; And Others
This presentation discusses an hourly scheduled, flex-time program at the University of Oregon for children 15 months through 4 1/2 years of age whose parents are usually students. Serving a population of highly educated people who provide a stimulating home environment, the flex-time program gives more attention to social-emotional and creative growth. Flexible scheduling allows parents to select and request day care at times which fit their schedules. Children, however, experience familiar routines with a core group of peers and adult aides in an environment that is rich in alternate activities and has a changing population. The program accomodates parents who wish only a few hours of day care per week as well as parents who need day care for longer periods of time. As a general rule, aggression levels in the center are low because groupings change often and the same core group of children are not always present at the same times each day. Groups forming among toddlers and preschool children change in size, age and activity level depending on the day of the week and time of day. Because groups change in a short time span a child will be exposed to several play experiences even if he or she remains in the same core group. Despite this changing setting, children do establish strong relationships with each other during the school year. This program is being expanded to another campus child care center. (Author/RH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Oregon Univ., Eugene. EMU Child Care Center.