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Virginia Tech Child Development Center For Learning And Research

140 A Wallace Hall
Blacksburg, VA 24061

(540) 231-6148


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Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The philosophy of the CDCLR is grounded in social constructivist theory. This theoretical view holds that knowledge and understanding are constructed through social interactions. Classrooms are inherently social places wherein teachers and children negotiate the curriculum together. Our aim is to offer a developmentally appropriate environment in which children are given opportunities to make choices, pursue their own questions and concerns, connect what is known and unknown, and be successful as they explore and discover through play, informal learning activities, and projects. Guided participation in the activities of the children is the primary role of the teacher, and play and the expression of ideas through interactions with adults, peers, and the environment are the primary business of children. Because we believe the parent-child relationship is the most important context for learning and development, we strive to maintain close connections between home and school, and value the cultural and individual perspectives that families bring to the program.

Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

7:30-9:00 Arrival & Morning Activities
9:00-9:30 Morning Meeting
9:30-11:00 Morning Investigations & Projects
10:00-10:30 AM Snack
11:00-12:00 Outdoor Activities
12:00-1:00 Lunch
1:00-2:00 Nap
2:00-4:15 Afternoon Investigations & Projects
3:00-3:30 PM Snack
4:15-5:15 Outdoor Activities
5:15-5:30 Departures
Excerpted from the preschool's website

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
  • Email
  • Special Meetings
  • Two or More Regular Conferences
  • Drop-Off
  • Pick-Up
  • Regular newsletter/printed updates circulated to the whole school