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Grand Valley State University Childrens Center

1 West Campus Dr.
Allendale, MI 49401

(616) 331-5437


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"In order for learning to occur, children must feel secure in their environment. Therefore, our first interactions with your child will be to establish comfort and trust.
Because each child is a unique young person, individual attention from caregivers and individual choices by children are key approaches in our work. Positive interactions are our most powerful tool. At all times we need to model the behavior that we expect.
Through play, movement, music, books, discussion and activities we will develop a loving and caring relationship with young children that maximizes their individual strengths and talents.
Our multi-aged program enables children to feel part of one big family that helps every one of its members to grow and experience success.
Our ability to change reaches its apex in the first decade of life, particularly in the first three years. If we act early and intensively we can increase children's resilience, diminish risk, bolster self-esteem and teach pro-social behaviors.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"7:00 a.m. OPEN / Hellos - Child-Initiated Play
8:30 a.m. Clean-up and Pick-up, Calendar, Wash hands
8:45 a.m. Breakfast
9:45 a.m. Group Time / Curriculum
10:30 a.m. Snack
*11:00 a.m. Outdoor Play/ Child Initiated Play
11:45 a.m. Story Time/ Show & Tell and Wash Hands
12:00 Noon Lunch
12:30 p.m. Prepare for naptime
12:45 p.m. Naptime
2:00 p.m. Stations
3:45 p.m. Snack
4:00p.m. Child Initiated Play/ Goodbyes
6:00 p.m. CLOSE

Excerpted from the preschool's website