Child Development Center
Now accepting enrollment applications for the 2013-2014 school year.
The GSU Child Development Center, formerly known as the Family Life Center, is a developmental enrichment program that serves 68 children from university and community families. The program serves children from age 6 weeks to 5 years old and provides an enriching environment for young children and their parents. Our focus is on the physical, cognitive, social, emotional, and creative development of the child.
Our classrooms are staffed with experienced teachers educated in the field of Child Development and/or Early Childhood Education. Georgia Southern University lab students also perform a variety of functions, depending upon their level of expertise.
The Child Development Center is a unit within the School of Human Ecology, a component of the College of Health and Human Sciences at Georgia Southern University.
The program is built on the understanding that all aspects of the child’s growth and development are equally important. With play as the core of the curriculum, experiences emphasize learning as an active process. The organization of the curriculum in thematic cycles and projects helps to insure integration and continuity of the learning process. Teachers prepare the environment for children to construct knowledge through active exploration and interaction with other children, adults and developmentally appropriate materials. Learning experiences and materials are real, concrete and relevant to the lives of young children.
The curriculum is infused with a multi-cultural, anti-bias perspective. Each child is respected as a unique individual with his or her own rate of development. Self-selection of actives and child involvement in planning engage the child’s interest and encourage independence and collaboration with others.
Teachers are facilitators and collaborators who work to create a community of learners. Parents and teachers work together to create positive learning experiences for children.