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FSU Childcare & Early Learning Programs

FSU Childcare & Early Learning Programs
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About FSU Childcare & Early Learning Programs

Our Mission

We care for and nurture young children of student parents so they may pursue their studies knowing their children are in a safe environment that promotes life–long learning. We capture and extend childrens natural eagerness to learn so that it is not lost or dampened by drill, rote or other mind-numbing practices. For young adult students, we provide an extension of the classroom that allows hands–on, learning opportunities to develop professionally.

Our Philosophy

We believe that children are, by nature, curious and eager learners. We believe that young children learn best when they experience their environment first hand in play. It is their direct experience in the world with the people, places, and objects at hand that spark their innate desire to "find out", "figure out", or otherwise solve problems that present themselves through the course of everyday events. The teachers provide the expert guidance and support for "knowing" how things work and how to successfully live in the world with self and others.

Our Core Values

  • We value cooperation because we believe everyone can accomplish more and create a more satisfying learning environment if everyone works together.
  • We value collaboration because when everyone's ideas, thoughts and feelings are heard and considered the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.
  • We value communication that is frequent, open and honest because it builds trust which is basic to good relationships so essential to high quality learning environments.
  • We value humility because we know that the best teachers are also the best learners and we know that each one of us stands on other's shoulders. 
  • We value our humanity and our need to treat each other with compassion, care and consideration because our children learn as much by our actions as by our words.
  • We value humor because it helps us not to take ourselves too seriously and helps us take the long, broad view which is usually the best one.

Our New Facility

612 S. Copeland Street, Tallahassee, FL 32304

Phone: (850) 644-7970

Hours: Monday-Friday 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM

Ages: 6 weeks to 2.5 years old

Florida State University purchased property at 612 S. Copeland Street in 2016 in order to expand childcare services on campus for students, faculty, and staff. The center opened Fall semester 2017. The existing building, built around 1950, contains unique architectural features and was renovated from office spaces. The center was designed specifically for children. The program will open an addition to the building in Summer 2018.

New Building Features

  • Security Cameras
  • 2 step card access to building and classrooms
  • Six large, bright, and airy classrooms
  • Each classroom has state-of-the-art electronics for ongoing developmental assessments and direct communication between teachers and parents.
  • Infant suite with separate food prep area
  • Lactation suite for nursing mothers
  • Playground for infants and young toddlers

Our Staff

Tiffany Karnisky

Tiffany Karnisky Associate Director, Family Services
Tel: (850) 644–7970
Fax: (850) 644–8565

Dana O'Connor

Dana Johnson Center Director, Copeland Street Location
Tel: (850) 644–0003
Fax: (850) 644–0063

Beth Roberts

Beth Roberts Center Director, FSU Children's Center Location
Tel: (850) 645–9576
Fax: (850) 645–9572

Brenda Thompkins

Brenda Thompkins Program Associate FSU Childcare and Early Learning Programs
Tel: (850) 644–7970
Fax: (850) 644–8565

Bill Stacey

Bill Stacey Grants Compliance Analyst FSU Childcare and Early Learning Programs
Tel: (850) 644–7970
Fax: (850) 644–8565

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Tallahassee, FL 32304

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