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Camp Fire Child Development Center

2700 Meacham Boulevard
Fort Worth, TX 76137

Phone:
(817) 831-2111

Website:

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Camp Fire Child Development Center provides comprehensive early childhood care and education. Children from six weeks old through pre-kindergarten are exposed to developmentally appropriate programming. Implementing a High/Scope Curriculum model, teachers are able to facilitate the physical, social/emotional and cognitive growth of each child in their care.

Philosophy & Approach

School Philosophy

General Approach to Learning: Play-Based, Teacher-Led

From the Director:

Our goal is to provide an environment that facilitates the growth and development of all children physically, socially and intellectually. Using information gained from working with parents, students and other staff members determine each child's level of development, needs, and interests. The teacher then plans an individualized curriculum based on knowledge of child growth and development.

Curriculum & Teaching Approach

Learning Philosophy & Tools

  Play- based mostly teacher led not formally in curriculum conducive environment
Language      
Oral language  
Nursery rhymes, poems, songs  
Storybook reading  
Emerging literacy skills  
Cognitive development
Math & number sense
Time & space
Sci. reasoning/physical world
Music
Visual arts
Physical activity
Other subjects taught Camp Fire Child Development Center uses Frog Street Press curriculum and implements Conscious Discipline to support healthy social/emotional development.

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Camp Fire Child Development Center is a community demonstration school for family-centered child care, with an innovative family support system to help parents balance the daily demands of work and home. The Center is a training and observation site for child care providers, students, administrators and educators."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Below is a sample of a daily routine for our older children in the center (18 months – 5 years). This is only an example and details are modified to provide developmentally appropriate practices by room, age and interests of children.

6:30 – 8:30 a.m. Arrival/Centers

8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Family style breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Bathroom/Diaper change

9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Large group circle time followed by centers

9:45 – 10:30 a.m. Outside time/gross motor activity

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. Transition and bathroom

11:00 – 11:30 a.m. Reading

11:30 a.m. – Noon Family style lunch

12:15 – 2:30 p.m. Nap

2:35 – 3:00 p.m. Wake up/Clean up/Transition to snack

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. Outside time/gross motor activity followed by bathroom/diaper change

4:00 – 4:30 p.m. Afternoon group circle time

4:30 – 6:00 p.m. Centers



Clean-up, water breaks and potty times are on-going and as needed.

Center activities and experiences include, but aren't limited to: science, process-oriented art, wood working, reading/literacy, writing, home-living, blocks and math-manipulative.

Infant schedules are set by the parents with support of Camp Fire staff because infant needs and schedules vary.

Home-School Connection

Parents Say They are Encouraged to:

  • Hold social events at the school to build community
  • Fundraise
  • Are able to visit the school anytime we want
  • Go on field trips
  • Volunteer in the classroom
  • Receive newsletters

Modes of Communication

  • Notes
  • Phone Calls
  • Voice Mail
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school

Separation

Separation is Handled through:

  • Pre-entry meetings with parents at school