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Illinois State University Child Care Center

124 Turner Hall
Normal, IL 61790

(309) 438-5026


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Child Care Center staff believe children and parents are to be respected and treated with courtesy, dignity, patience and compassion. While in our care each child is nurtured physically, socially, emotionally and intellectually. Our well-trained teachers and caregivers regard early childhood experiences with the respect and commitment they deserve. The staff work to share this attitude with parents.
We believe children learn most naturally and effectively when engaged in developmentally appropriate activities that are responsive to their interests and experience.
Throughout the whole learning process, we believe parents are children's first teachers. Therefore, we work to support parents in their efforts to guide children's development.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Families greeted. Children put items in cubbies and wash hands. Self-chosen solitary or group play within indoor and outdoor learning centers.

9:30 - 9:50 a.m.
Morning Meeting: Children and teachers discuss ideas for that day's activities.

9:50 - 11:40 a.m.
Project Work/ Activity Time/ Outdoor Play: Children and teachers discuss that day's activity ideas. Children explore activities in indoor and outdoor areas and learning centers. These may include: art, sciencing, math, dramatic play, language arts (including listening, speaking, reading and writing activities), creative movement, water/sand/sensory play, woodworking, simple cooking or baking, block play, table games, computer games, outdoor play, visiting experts on project topics & walks to campus sights.

11:40 - 12:00 p.m.
Music and transition to washing hands for lunch.

12:00 - 12:40 p.m.
Lunch time. Children eat in small groups to promote conversation.

12:40 - 1:00 p.m.
Toileting, handwashing, and toothbrushing. Transition activities to rest and naptime: story reading (group or individual), play in areas, once a week movie.

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Rest & nap time with calming music.

2:45 - 3:30 p.m.
Open snack: Children wash hands and when hungry eat nutritious foods in a relaxed self-serve style.

2:30 - 5:00 p.m.
Gradual wake up, toileting, handwashing, snack time, clean up, self-chosen play indoors and outdoor play area.

Excerpted from the preschool's website