College of Education and Professional Studies

Child Study Center

The Facility

The Child Study Center facility

The University of Central Oklahoma Child Study Center is located in the Human Environmental Sciences (HES) building and operated by the Family Life Education Program within the College of Education (COE).

Philosophy

Children

The Child Study Center provides young children an opportunity to learn through developmentally appropriate experiences, based on current knowledge of child growth and development. The program respects individual differences, emphasizes social skills and emotional health, and promotes self expression through various activities. Time spent at the Child Study Center will encourage the development of high self-esteem and a sense of achievement. 

History

Since 1956, The University of Central Oklahoma's Child Study Center has offered a quality programs for children and has served as a training and observation site for UCO students. Student involvement in the center coincides with course work. Students can be directly involved with guiding the young children, planning curriculum activities or conducting observation assignments in the center or from our observation booth.

The Child Study Center enrollment consists of children of UCO students, faculty, staff and community.

The Program

The Child Study Center provides half day programs for young children using best practices based on established quality standards and research in the field. The program supports the education, training and research efforts of UCO students and faculty while offering of valuable learning experiences for our children and families. Our program offers two sections, morning/afternoon, children attend Monday - Thursday. The child study center is a three star facility that is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Our program is a half day program with 3-4 year olds in the morning session from 9:00- 11:30 a.m. and 4-5 year olds in the afternoon session from 1:00-3:30 p.m. The children attend Monday-Thursday. The program follows the UCO calendar. The tuition is $325.00 per semester. For more information, please call 974-5788. An application can be download and mailed in. Acceptance will be confirmed by letter if a placement is available. Otherwise, you will be placed on a waiting list.

Training and Observation Site
It is important for parents to understand that the children in the child study center are observed by students enrolled in specific courses at UCO. The study center also serves as a training site. There will be some students that will work directly with your child under supervision of the child study center staff. All UCO students are instructed to use confidentiality regarding issues that involve the children and their families.

Program Approach
We use a Project Approach to teaching and learning. This approach capitalizes on familiar experiences of the children; it provides a learning environment where children learn through investigation, observation and discussion. A project to us is defined as an in-depth investigation of a real world topic worthy of children's attention and effort. The study may be carried out by a class or by small groups of children. Projects can be undertaken with children of any age. They do not usually constitute the whole educational program. The children will play and explore as well as engage in projects. 

The Project Approach refers to a set of teaching strategies which enable teachers to guide children through in-depth studies of real world topics. The Project Approach is not unstructured. There is a complex but flexible framework with features that characterize the teaching-learning interaction. When teachers implement the Project Approach successfully, children can be highly motivated, feel actively involved in their own learning, and produce work of a high quality. Projects enrich young children's dramatic play, construction, painting and drawing by relating these activities to life outside school.

Here are some of the projects we have been working on:

Children's project

Children's project

For more information, see Curriculum/Project Approach

Program Goals

  • To provide for physical development through planning activities, both indoors and outdoors. To help the children develop coordination and an awareness of space, as well as building muscle strength and agility. The Child Study Center has an abundance of equipment to aid in this area of the child's development.
  • To provide for intellectual growth by introducing new ideas and child-directed learning.
  • To provide time for children to learn a system of order than encourages cooperation. A schedule provides uninterrupted time, set limits, and gives children freedom to explore.
  • To encourage children to express ideas through language and symbolic play using a wide variety of materials. Dramatic play helps children with the process of "decentering," being able to see someone else's point of view. Social skills development is encouraged.
  • To help children cope with fears constructively, and to feel secure in relationships with the other children and adults.
Children and UCO President Webb

Parent Participation
Parents are encouraged to visit and participate. Opportunities for involvement include the following:

  • Family receptions
  • Committee Involvement
  • Sharing Cultural Experiences & Traditions
  • Evaluating Program Effectiveness
  • Observe in the Observation Booth
  • Special Activities
  • Parent Educational Resources
  • Sharing Special Talents & Resources

Parent Communication Guidelines
In efforts to maintain ongoing communication, several mechanisms are in place, which include:

  • Parent Newsletters
  • Day to day verbal communication
  • Phone calls, notes & emails
  • Parent Bulletin
  • Weekly Lesson Plans
  • Snack Schedule
  • Parent conferences
  • Home Visits

Faculty

  • Dr. LaDonna Atkins--Faculty Administrator
  • Ms. Christy Smith--Director
  • Angela Holmes-Krober--Curriculum Director

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