The Campus Children's Center offers childcare and preschool programs at the Youngwood campus for 3-6-year-olds and a school age program during the summer semester for children up to 10 years old. We provide quality learning programs for children of students, employees and community families. Our program serves to demonstrate a quality early childhood education model as a laboratory school for college level student teachers. We also link families to community programs that provide services to meet individual needs such as early intervention or other supports.
The Campus Children’s Center mission is to provide the highest quality early education experience for all children. This is done in a developmentally appropriate environment that seeks to meet the individual needs of each child and family while helping each child reach his or her full potential in all areas of development. We have open enrollment for students and employees as well as surrounding community families. We strive also to provide a high quality early childhood education model, the center facilitates formal education experiences for college students in the Early Childhood Education degree program and local college and university student teachers. This provides the children as well as those students, nearing the end of their early childhood educational experience, with an outstanding opportunity for growth and development.
PA Keystone Star 4
The Campus Children’s Center is a Star Four center, the highest level attainable, in PA Keystone STARS (Standards, Training, Assistance, Resources and Supports) program.
Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s voluntary initiative for child care providers to continually improve the quality of their programs. As a participant in PA Keystone STARS, Campus Children’s Center staff continually strive to increase its standard of care above the Department of Human Services minimum health and safety licensing regulations. There are four levels of designation in Keystone STARS with the standards for quality child care increasing for each level. The standards reflect research-based practices to improve outcomes for children. The standards address staff qualifications and professional development, the educational program, partnerships with family and community, and leadership and management. A Star Four designation tells families that the Campus Children’s Center is always in the process of continuous quality improvement.
The Campus Children’s Center is accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). NAEYC is the world’s largest organization working on behalf of young children with the leading voice for early childhood education. NAEYC’s mission is to serve and act on behalf of the needs, rights, and well-being of all young children with the primary focus on the provision of educational and developmental services and resources (NAEYC bylaws, Article 1., Section 1.1).
NAEYC expresses its mission in terms of three broad goals:
- Improving professional practice and working conditions in early childhood education.
- Supporting early childhood programs by working to achieve a high quality system of early childhood education.
- Building a high performing, inclusive organization of groups and individuals who are committed to promoting excellence in early childhood education for all young children.
NAEYC accreditation requires adherence to 10 quality standards with 185 criteria that represent best practice. By earning NAEYC accreditation Campus Children’s Center agrees to make NAEYC’s mission and goals ours.
Department of Human Services Licensing
The Campus Children’s Center is licensed by the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) for a total of 43 toilet-trained children, at any one time, ages 3-10. The licensing regulations for space and staff mandate a healthy and safe, appropriate educational environment with proper staff/child ratios of 1staff to 10 children ages 3-10. The Campus Children’s Center schedules staff to maintain ratios of 1 adult to 7 children with 2 adults present at all times. Inspections of the program are conducted annually by a representative of the DHS. The DHS inspects the health and safety components of our indoor and outdoor environments as well as child and staff files to ensure we are following all regulations.