The National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, a Division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, accredits FSU Childcare and Early Learning Program’s center. The center operates 44 weeks of the year on the University's academic calendar. The center provides high quality, early education and care to 133 children and their families. The center’s teaching staff is overseen by the Faculty Supervisor for Academics and Curriculum. The teaching teams consist of Faculty teachers, all with Bachelors or advanced degrees, and Co-teachers, typically students at FSU pursuing advanced degrees, in a wide variety of majors and interests that enriches our program.
Our teaching team consists of Co-Teachers and Assistant Teachers that are teach under the supervision and guidance of Faculty teachers.
Wobbler Pod (12-18 months)
Walker Pod (19-23 months)
Toddler Pod (24-30 months)
Tweener Pod (30-40 months)
Preschool Pod (40-60 months)
Our center follows research-based, developmentally appropriate practices that provide the foundation for NAEYC standards for accreditation. For young children research tells us that they learn best by “doing” or through play. Play is their “textbook.”
Each day is filled with opportunities for both active involvement and quiet reflection. Children have a wide variety of “hands on” experiences that encourage them to be active learners, to lead, to follow, to solve their conflicts, to listen, to appreciate differences, to count, to reason, to create, and to use their muscles. Children are encouraged to make choices throughout the day’s activities. Among the many choices are science exploration, math games, manipulatives (i.e. blocks, legos, puzzles), art, language —expressive and receptive— cooking, and reading. When the children gather together as a group in circle time, they may sing songs, dance, discuss the weather, discuss letters in the alphabet etc.
For infants and toddlers, the materials and equipment are used to encourage and maximize exploration, sensory learning, motor learning, experimentation and discovery.
Our teachers create intentional, planned, play-based environments that facilitate all areas of development while at the same time allowing enough flexibility to respond to each child’s individual needs. Teaching focuses on close observation and attunement to each child’s unique talents and abilities such that the planning for optimal learning opportunities is maximized for each child. Emphasis is placed on the process (the doing) rather than the product. The purpose is to help each child reach their highest potential intellectually, socially, physically and emotionally as well as nurture a genuine life-long love of learning.
The daily schedule consists of large and small group activities structured group activities, outside play, multiple learning centers, family style meals and snacks, and time for rest.
The center participates in the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Child Care Food Program. Participation ensures that the meals provided meet or exceed the federal standards for well balanced and nutritious meals. Menus are based in these guidelines and are posted in the center on the parent bulletin board in the reception area, by this kitchen door, in the classrooms.
The program offers breakfast, catered lunch, and afternoon snack. Lunches are catered by Elder Care Services. Meals are designed by a dietician on-site to ensure that they are meeting the USDA nutrition guidelines. Meals are served family-style. Food is placed on the tables and children are encouraged, or assisted by the teacher, to serve themselves. The teachers sit with the children to model eating and fine motor skills (trying new foods, using utensils, pouring, etc.) and social skills (taking turns, passing food, saying please and thank you, etc.). This practice ensures that learning continues through quiet and relaxed interactions between the teacher and children.