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The Children's Center At Purchase College

735 Anderson Hill Road
Purchase, NY 10577

(914) 251-6895


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Children's Center at Purchase College, Inc. (NAEYC accredited) is a campus-based early childhood center and instructional facility. The families served are those of students, faculty, and staff of the college and of the community at large. The primary commitment of the professional staff of the Children's Center is to provide high quality child care in a safe, healthy, happy and stimulating learning environment. Designed to facilitate each child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth, the program emphasizes gender equity and the development of a positive self-concept. These goals require that all members of the staff respect and maintain open, positive communication with the children, their parents, and each other.
Purchase College students utilize the center in conjunction with course work, independent study, field experience, and senior projects. The Children's Center also pays particular attention to the needs of the community by offering parents invaluable informational resources, referrals, seminars, and conferences. The Center tries to be responsive to issues that face communities as a whole, such as public health, child nutrition, teacher training, and mainstreaming.
A very important part of our curriculum focuses on the integration of campus resources and early childhood practices. The children visit the Neuberger Museum for a diversified cultural and ethnic experience. We utilize the dance and music buildings to experience sound, rhythm, and movement through the performing arts. The children learn about science through our nature walks and outdoor activities.
In an open environment setting, the Children's Center provides children with developmentally appropriate activities, ongoing assessment of the children's development, and an anti-bias curriculum emphasizing inclusion and anticommercialism. Play - the universal language of childhood - is used at the Center to foster the growth of elementary concepts of time, space, number, and color.
Games, painting, construction, modeling, dance, outdoor play, and music are used to sharpen cognitive and perceptual processes, as well as to allow children to interact constructively with others. The purpose of these exercises is to create an atmosphere of self-respect and self discipline, and to provide numerous opportunities for teachers to guide the children as they learn to make their own choices and decisions.
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Daily Schedule-
8:00-9:30 CHILDREN ARRIVE: Please have your child here no later than 9:30. Free play periods in classrooms; teachers greet children and parents.
8:30-9:30 BREAKFAST : Children eat as they arrive in the morning.
8:30-10:00 FREE PLAY: Children select from one of the interest areas:
Art; Blocks; Library Corner; Table Toys; Computers; House Corner; Sand and Water.
10:00-10:15 CLEAN-UP: Children put away toys and materials: as they finish they prepare for group time.
10:15-10:30 GROUP TIME: Conversation and sharing time; music,
movement, rhymes, fingerplays
10:45-11:45 OUTDOOR PLAY: Children select from climbing activities, wheel toys, balls, hoops, sand and water play, woodworking, gardening, and child-
initiated games.
11:45-12:00 CLEAN-UP: Children prepare for lunch
**The length of group and story time varies with the ages of the children. A group of three-year olds, or three and four- year-olds with limited group experiences may have difficulty participating in a 15-minute group time. A shorter activity will be planned and lengthened during the year as children's abilities to interact with the group expand.
As children finish lunch, they go to the bathroom in small groups and
then read books on their cots in preparation for nap time.
12:45-1:00 QUIET ACTIVITY PRIOR TO NAP: Story, quiet music, or story record.
1:00-3:00 NAPTIME: As children wake, they read books or play quiet games such as puzzles or lotto on their
cots; children who do not sleep or who awaken early are encouraged to do quiet activities.
3:30-4:30 OUTDOOR PLAY: Children select from climbing activities, wheel toys, balls, hoops, sand and water play, woodworking, gardening and child-
initiated games.
4:30-5:00 FREE PLAY: Children select activities requiring minimum clean- up time.
5:00-5:15 PICK UP TIME:
Excerpted from the preschool's website