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Karen Slattery Educational Research Center For Child Development

777 Glades Road, Building 45
Boca Raton, FL 33431

Phone:
(561) 297-2342

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Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

From the Director:

The center’s staff works as a collaborative team, continuously revising and creating an enriched “project approach” integrated curriculum. Classroom projects are designed to enrich each group’s developmental levels and interests. Curriculum projects empower children to become independent thinkers and creative problem solvers, and to learn academic and social skills through investigation and discovery. The “project approach” correlates with the latest research on brain development and early literacy learning. Classroom projects meet children’s needs through group and individualized activities and outdoor and indoor experiences, which stimulate investigation in the areas of language and literature, music and movement, expressive arts, block building, dramatic play, science, woodworking and cooking. The program incorporates the Florida Sunshine Standards and is carefully structured to enhance children’s self-esteem and to develop pre-reading and pre-mathematics skills. Refer to the school's position statement for additional information: http://www.coe.fau.edu/erccd/SlatteryCurricPositionStatement.pdf

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language       more

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  • early childhood library with 5,000 children's books
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense more

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  • Puzzles
  • project work
Time & space more

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  • Calendars and clocks
  • Maps
  • project work
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Spanish classes Music classes library/reading classes

From the Director:

Refer to the school's position statement for additional information: http://www.coe.fau.edu/erccd/SlatteryCurricPositionStatement.pdf

Day in the Life

General School Mission

The Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development is a lab school for children from birth to five years of age. It is affiliated with the College of Education’s Toppel Family Early Childhood Education Institute at Florida Atlantic University. Located on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, the center’s mission is:

To help young children grow intellectually, socially and emotionally in a learning environment that nurtures and supports optimal development.
To provide a lab school for teacher education students, with an educational philosophy that is inclusive and intends to address the needs of all children whose development represents a range of abilities and learning styles.
To promote research in early childhood education, child development and related disciplines.
To serve as a fieldwork site for nursing, science and other FAU students and faculty.
To provide a model of best practice in early childhood education for the wider educational community.

The Karen Slattery Center, which serves approximately 100 children, is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and follows NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate practices, based on current research and theory in child development and curriculum. Additionally, the Karen Slattery Center has been awarded a 4 Star Rating in Palm Beach County’s Quality Improvement System. The center’s staff works as a collaborative team, continuously revising and creating an enriched “project approach” integrated curriculum. Classroom projects are designed to enrich each group’s developmental levels and interests. Curriculum projects empower children to become independent thinkers and creative problem solvers, and to learn academic and social skills through investigation and discovery. The “project approach” correlates with the latest research on brain development and early literacy learning. Classroom projects meet children’s needs through group and individualized activities and outdoor and indoor experiences, which stimulate investigation in the areas of language and literature, music and movement, expressive arts, block building, dramatic play, science, woodworking and cooking. The program incorporates the Florida Sunshine Standards and is carefully structured to enhance children’s self-esteem and to develop pre-reading and pre-mathematics skills.

As a lab school for the College of Education, the Karen Slattery Center is a demonstration and fieldwork site for students enrolled in bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs. FAU faculty, students and teachers also conduct research at the center to advance scholarship and innovation in early childhood education and related fields of study. The Center provides diverse learning opportunities by maintaining an equal balance of boys and girls from varying cultural and ethnic backgrounds. Priority enrollment is given to FAU students, faculty, staff and Research Development Park employees. Visit www.coe.fau.edu/erccd to register online or contact Lydia Bartram, Director, at (561)297-0130 or by email lbartram@fau.edu.

Home-School Connection

Modes of Communication

  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school
  • Parents in classroom early on
  • Abbreviated schedule at start of school year