Back to Shippensburg Preschools

Child And Family Center At Shippensburg University

1871 Old Main Drive
Shippensburg, PA 17257

(717) 477-1792


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"We believe that children learn about their world through active involvement, playing, exploring, and
interacting with others.
We plan activities for and with children based on their developmental ages and individual needs.
We embrace and welcome families into our program, knowing that the connection between school and
home is critical to children's growth and love of learning.
We believe that the goal of discipline is teaching inner control. We guide children to become selfcontrolled
by modeling caring behaviors, consistently enforcing logical rules, and emphasizing peace and
We are part of a campus community that values research, teaching and service. We welcome students
into our program, guiding them as they work to learn about children and families. We participate in
research projects that advance our knowledge about children and families. We work with others in our
community and region to support children and families.
Children are able to grow and develop when they can make their own decisions about learning.
Opportunities provided for children in a play oriented environment foster freedom of expression,
promote uniqueness, build well-being and build a healthy self-concept. The value of play encourages
creativity, language development and social interaction. We guide children to become self-controlled by
modeling caring behaviors, consistently enforcing logical rules, and emphasizing peace and tolerance."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"Sample Toddler Schedule
7:00-8:45 Arrival and Free Choice Activities
8:45-9:00 Clean Up/Prepare for snack
9:00-9:30 Snack Time
9:30-10:00 Music and Movement Circle Time
10:00-10:30 Art Activity
10:30-11:00 Outdoor Play
11:00-12:00 Lunch/Prepare for Rest and Nap
12:00-2:30 Rest/Nap Time
2:30-2:45 Cuddle and snack time
2:45-3:00 Circle (Songs, Poems, Games)
3:00-3:20 Learning Centers
3:20-4:20 Outdoor Play
4:20-5:30 Free Choice Activities and Dismissal
Sample Preschool Schedule
7:00-8:30 Welcome/Free Play
8:30-8:45 Clean up
8:45-9:10 Weather and sharing time
9:10-10:00 Outdoor play/Gross motor activities
10:00-10:15 Circle time
10:15-11:15 Learning centers/snack
11:15-11:30 Prepare for gross motor activities
11:25-12:00 Outdoor play/Gross motor activities
12:00-12:20 Class meeting
12:20-1:00 Lunch/book time
1:00-1:20 Group story
1:20-2:30 Rest time
2:30-3:30 Quiet activities
3:30-3:45 Clean up
3:45-4:15 Snack
4:15-5:30 Indoor/outdoor play/Gross motor activities"
Excerpted from the preschool's website