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University Of Wisconsin Lacrosse Campus Child Center

1725 State Street
La Crosse, WI 54601

Phone:
(608) 785-8813

Website:

Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"Campus Child Center is a place
…where children are valued for their sense of wonder, their genuine curiosity and need to explore, and their natural desire to learn.
…where staff are valued for their ability to work together for the benefit of the children, for their commitment to continual program evaluation and improvement, for their energy and enthusiasm, for their ability to design and implement well-planned curriculum, and for their capacity to build relationships with and make use of resources within the community.
…where families are valued for the support they provide their children, for the partnerships they build with our staff, for their eagerness to help and for their willingness to entrust their children into our care.
…where all are valued for their unique abilities and ideas, for their ability to play, for their love of laughter, for the respect they give one another, and for their capacity to trust, lean on and learn from one another.
Our goals are to...
...establish and maintain...
a safe and healthy environment for the children
partnerships with parents and links to community resources
…encourage children to...
explore, manipulate and use the tools and toys around them
think critically
solve problems
gain confidence
build friendships
…support children's need for...
creative expression
increased independence
closeness, warmth and compassion
…extend children's knowledge through…
books
fieldtrips
classroom visitors
meaningful conversations and discussions
a variety of activities and experiences
…weave into the program...
a sense of respect for others and the world around us
opportunities to express kindness and cooperation
an appreciation for nature and the arts"
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

"TODDLER ROOM SCHEDULE
Kim's Group
7:30 - 8:30 - Opening - Self-directed Play Time. Children arrive at the Center and have a choice of toys, materials, and activities. Parents and teachers discuss child's sleeping and eating patterns during the past 12 to 24 hours and also discuss the child's general temperament. Diapering occurs during this time as needed.
8:30 - 9:00 - Breakfast Served. Time for socialization, development of good eating habits, and opportunity to increase skills in self-feeding.
9:00 - 9:15 - Breakfast Clean Up/Self-directed play time.
9:15-9:30 - Large Group Time. Music, rhymes, fingerplays, stories, and other language building activities to enhance expression and language development.
9:30 - 10:00 Diapering. Viewed as a time for one-on-one socialization with children. Time to increase awareness of bodily functions and good health habits.
10:00 - 10:30 - Small Group Time. Teacher directed art, sensory, cognitive, motor, and language activities such as concepts of color, object identification, following simple directions, creative expression, exploration of materials and manipulatives for some children and self-directed activities for other children.
10:30 - 10:45 - Cracker/Water Break.
10:45 - 11:30 - Outdoor Play. Opportunity to use and help develop large muscles. Opportunity to increase ability in dressing one's self (hats, mittens, jackets, and boots).
11:30 - 12:00 Diapering. See above.
12:00 - 12:30 - Lunch. Time for good nutrition and an opportunity for socialization. Time to develop good table manners, turn taking, and learning to clean up after one's self.
12:30 - 3:00 - Rest Time. Teachers help children relax in preparation for sleep. Parents will be consulted at the time of enrollment and every 3 months after enrollment on information regarding their child's sleeping pattern and behavior. On-going communication will be maintained between center staff and parents concerning changes in sleep patterns. Each toddler will be allowed to form and follow his/her own pattern of sleeping and waking. A daily record of each child's sleeping pattern will be recorded and provided to the child's parent at day's end.
Diapering - upon awakening
3:00 - 3:30 Snack. See morning breakfast and noon lunch.
3:30 - 4:30 - Outdoor Play. See morning outdoor play.
4:30 - Diapering.
4:30 - 5:00 - Self-selected Play. See morning self-selected play.
5:00 - 5:30 - Closing Routine. Final diaper checks, cracker and water break, self-selected play, and awaiting parents' arrival.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR DAWN'S GROUP
(2-Year-Olds)
The following schedule is a guideline that remains flexible in order to respond to individual needs and special events:
7:00-8:30 - Opening: The children arrive at the Center and have a choice of activities including quiet games and more active toys.
8:30 - Transition: A story, music, or puppetry is used as a break in play and to signal the start of breakfast.
8:45-9:00 - Breakfast Served: Children who do not choose to eat remain in free choice play. Children who choose to eat wash their hands and return to free choice play after finishing breakfast.
9:00-9:30 - Diapering: Children return to free choice play. Each child uses the bathroom or receives a diaper change/check.
9:30 - Outdoor Play: All children go outside to play unless the weather is inclement, in which case they may choose from available activities and equipment provided indoors.
10:30 - Cracker/Water Break
10:40 - Small Group Concept Development: Each teacher in charge of a small group introduces the concept of the day/week with age appropriate language and provides challenging projects to reinforce the concept learning.
11:30 - Diapering/Transition: Children return to free choice play. Each child uses the bathroom or receives a diaper change/check. When diapering is almost complete, children join together as a large group to hear a story or sing songs in transition for lunch.
12:00 - Lunch: Children eat family style with peers and a teacher.
12:45 - Transition/Nap: As children finish lunch they go to the bathroom to wash hands and faces and use the toilet (if toilet ready/trained). They return to the play area for small group stories. After stories, staff members help children settle down for nap by quietly talking with children and rubbing their backs.
1:30-2:30: Children who are restless, are not napping, or who have awakened early may choose a toy to play with in a specified play area.
2:30 - Wake-up Time/Diapering: Sleeping children awaken and use the bathroom or receive a diaper change and wash hands for snack. As they return from the bathroom they go to a large group area for stories and/or music in preparation for snack.
3:00 - Snack: Children eat snack family style with peers and a teacher.
3:20 - Transition: Children clean up their snack area and prepare to go outside.
3:30-4:30 - Outdoor Play Time: see above
4:30 - Large Group Time: Children return inside and are brought back together for large group story time.
4:45 - Closing: Children are departing. They may choose from any of the toys available while waiting for parents to arrive.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR ANGELA'S GROUP
(2 1/2 -Year-Olds)
The following schedule is a guideline that remains flexible in order to respond to individual needs and special events:
7:00-8:30 - Opening: The children arrive at the Center and have a choice of activities including quiet games and more active toys.
8:30 - Transition: A story, music, or puppetry is used as a break in play and to signal the start of breakfast.
8:45-9:00 - Breakfast Served: Children who do not choose to eat remain in free choice play. Children who choose to eat wash their hands and return to free choice play after finishing breakfast.
9:00-9:30 - Diapering: Children return to free choice play. Each child uses the bathroom or receives a diaper change/check.
9:30-10:30 - Small Group Concept Development: Each teacher in charge of a small group introduces the concept of the day/week with age appropriate language and provides challenging projects to reinforce the concept learning.
10:30 - Cracker/Water Break
10:40-11:30 - Outdoor Play: All children go outside to play unless the weather is inclement, in which case they may choose from available activities and equipment provided indoors.
11:30 - Diapering/Transition: Children return to free choice play. Each child uses the bathroom or receives a diaper change/check. When diapering is almost complete, children join together as a large group to hear a story or sing songs in transition for lunch.
12:00 - Lunch: Children eat family style with peers and a teacher.
12:45 - Transition/Nap: As children finish lunch they go to the bathroom to wash hands and faces and use the toilet (if toilet ready/trained). They return to the play area for small group stories. After stories, staff members help children settle down for nap by quietly talking with children and rubbing their backs.
1:30-2:30: Children who are restless, are not napping, or who have awakened early may choose a toy to play with in a specified play area.
2:30 - Wake-up Time/Diapering: Napping children awake and use the bathroom or receive a diaper change and wash hands for snack. As they return from the bathroom they go to a large group area for stories and/or music in preparation for snack.
3:00 - Snack: Children eat snack family style with peers and a teacher.
3:20 - Transition: Children clean up their snack area and prepare to go outside.
3:30-4:30 - Outdoor Play Time: see above
4:30 - Large Group Time: Children return inside and are brought back together for large group story time.
4:45 - Closing: Children are departing. They may choose from any of the toys available while waiting for parents to arrive.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR BUNNY'S GROUP
(3-Year-Olds)
The following schedule is a guideline that remains flexible in order to respond to individual needs and special events:
7:00-8:30 - Opening: The children arrive at the Center and have a choice of activities including quiet games and more active toys.
8:30 - Transition: A story, music, or puppetry is used as a break in the play and to signal the start of breakfast.
8:45 - 9:00 - Breakfast Served: Children who do not choose to eat remain in free choice play. Children who choose to eat wash their hands and return to free choice play after finishing breakfast.
9:00 - 9:30: Children return to free choice play. Each child uses the bathroom or receives a diaper change/check.
9:25 - Clean-up time: Toys are put away in preparation for outdoor play.
9:30-10:30 - Outdoor Play: All children go outside to play unless the weather is inclement, in which case they may choose from available activities and equipment provided indoors.
10:30-11:30 - Small Group Concept Development: Each teacher in charge of a small group introduces the concept of the day/week with age appropriate language and provides challenging projects to reinforce the concept learning.
11:30 - Bathrooming/Transition: Children return to free choice play. Each child uses the bathroom or receives a diaper change/check. When bathrooming is almost complete, children join together as a group to hear a story or sing songs in preparation for lunch.
12:00 - Lunch: Children eat family style with peers and a teacher.
12:45 - Transition/Nap: As children finish lunch they go to the bathroom to wash hands and faces and use the toilet. They return to the play area for small group stories. After stories, staff members help children settle down for nap by quietly talking with children and rubbing their backs.
1:30 - 2:30: Children who are restless, are not napping, or who have awakened early may choose a toy to play with in a specified play area.
2:30 - Wake-up Time: Sleeping children awaken and go to the bathroom to wash hands for snack. As they return from the bathroom they go to large group area for stories and/or music and movement.
3:00 - Snack Time: Children eat snack family style with peers and a teacher.
3:20 - Transition: Children clean up their snack area and prepare to go outside.
4:30 - Large Group Time: Children are brought together in the large group for brief stories.
4:45 - Closing: Children are departing. They may choose from any of the toys in the general play area.
PROGRAM SCHEDULE FOR CINDY'S GROUP
(Four-Year-Olds)
The following schedule is a guideline that remains flexible in order to respond to individual needs and special events:
7:00-8:30 - Opening: The children arrive at the Center and have a choice of activities including quiet games and more active toys.
8:30 - Transition: A story, music, or puppetry is used as a break in the play and to signal the start of breakfast.
8:45 - 9:00 - Breakfast Served: Children who do not choose to eat remain in free choice play. Children who choose to eat wash their hands and return to free choice play after finishing breakfast.
9:00 - 9:30: Children return to free choice play. Each child uses the bathroom.
9:25 - Clean-up time: Toys are put away in preparation for group time.
9:30-10:30 - Small Group Concept Development: Each teacher in charge of a small group introduces the concept of the day/week with age appropriate language and provides challenging projects to reinforce the concept learning.
10:30-11:30 - Transition/Free Play: Children clean up after small group concept time, become involved in individual or small group learning games, or resume free choice play time in preparation for outdoor play.
11:00-11:45 - Outdoor Play: All children go outside to play unless the weather is inclement, in which case they may choose from available activities and equipment provided indoors.
11:45 - Bathrooming/Transition: Children come in from outdoor play, use the bathroom and wash their hands in preparation for lunch.
12:00 - Lunch: Children eat family style with peers and a teacher.
12:45 - Transition/Nap: As children finish lunch they go to the bathroom to wash hands and faces and use the toilet. They return to the play area for small group stories. After stories, staff members help children settle down for nap by quietly talking with children and rubbing their backs.
1:00- Naptime and Afternoon Session: Children under the age of 5 lay down for a nap. Older children and part time children either go outside to play or may choose quiet games and activities to play with inside.
1:30 - 2:30: Children who are restless, are not napping, or who have awakened early may choose a toy to play with in a specified play area.
2:30 - Wake-up Time: Sleeping children awaken and go to the bathroom to wash hands for snack. As they return from the bathroom they go to large group area for stories and/or music and movement.
3:00 - Snack Time: Children eat snack family style with peers and a teacher.
3:20 - Transition: Children clean up their snack area and prepare to go outside.
4:30 - Large Group Time: Children are brought together in the large group for brief stories.
4:45 - Closing: Children are departing. They may choose from any of the toys in the general play area.
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Excerpted from the preschool's website