"The CDC strives for high quality child care and developmental programming, for the University community, through its commitment to exceed minimum state child care standards (by meeting lower staff ratios, higher staff qualifications, and in service training requirements). Low staff turnover means greater consistency in adult-child relationships which is a vital factor affecting quality care.
Other special features:
1. A commercial style kitchen and highly nutritious child food program partially funded and inspected by the USDA Child Care Food Program.
2. Coordinate outside referrals and consultations with appropriate university and community resources for assessment and advice regarding special needs and concerns.
3. Linkage with University departments for consultations regarding curriculum planning and development, research activities, and other services such as an observation and demonstration facility for University students and faculty.
The CDC is currently licensed to serve 103 children ranging in age of 12 months through 6 years of age.
The Center provides breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack with strict adherence to USDA child nutrition guidelines and standards.
The CDC was founded in 1971 and is a non-academic department assigned for administrative purposes to the Office of the Vice President of Student Affairs.
The CDC structure is designed to assist parents in the various needs and concerns that may arise during their enrollment with the CDC. It is encouraged that the parent addresses any concerns or needs in regards to their child with the child’s teacher. Should the concern or need not be met satisfactorily, the parent should then address the administrative office or Center Director. The Center also provides a grievance committee to address any issues, concerns, or needs. To request a hearing by the grievance committee, a written request must be submitted to the Dean of Students office, Martin Hall Room 211.
The CDC integrates quality child care services and early childhood education, supporting a "whole child" concept of development based on the belief that one cannot educate without offering care and protection, and one cannot provide care and protection without also educating young children in a group setting. Knowledge of this integrative practice promotes respect for children and the adults who care for them.
The CDC strives to balance its unique institutional culture with the individual cultural interests of each family served. Respect for CDC’s diverse community is reflected in the curricula, environment, parent/teacher/child interaction, and staff development goals.
Educational pursuits are balanced to respect the needs of the children, their families, and CDC’s ability to maintain a quality service program, promote knowledge of developmental issues and practices relevant to early childhood learning, and the practical application of this knowledge. The CDC evolves to meet the growing needs of today’s children and their families and will continue to play a leadership role in teaching, training, and research at UL Lafayette.
Excerpted from the preschool's website