Discover your child's path to creativity . .
You are looking for a safe, secure "home away from home" where your
child can learn, play and grow. We have designed a nurturing, creative
world for infants to help their minds and bodies develop. Watch your
infant take the first steps toward a bright future when sharing his or
her early developmental experiences with the University's Child Development Center.
Infants are unique and
have their own patterns for play, feeding and sleeping. We use these
patterns as our guide to introduce your child to daily activities that
prepare your infant for life. Our highly-trained teachers and staff
offer a nurturing and creative environment for infants to develop their
bodies and minds. We are committed to making this first transition
away from home easy and natural for you and your child.
Developed for our youngest learners, the Early Foundations® Infants
curriculum at the Center provides the foundation that can develop the
children of today into the leaders of tomorrow.
- The experiences infants have during the early months and years of
life are crucial to healthy brain development. Lots of personal
attention and interaction between our teachers and your infant will
promote basic cognitive and social skills. Singing, reading and talking
are just some of the behaviors
that support development during this critical stage.
Least Restrictive Environment
- We promote a least-restrictive environment for infants and toddlers. It provides the foundations for optimal growth and development. Research shows that young children learn and develop best in an environment that promotes freedom of movement, independence, and allows them to interact at a child-to-child level in a group setting.
- Physical development of coordinated motor skills is a large part of
an infant’s first year. Building Bodies activities help build physical
strength and motor coordination with daily experiences that allow
infants to practice fine-motor skills, hand/eye coordination, hand and
full body movement, and more.
- Infants begin to use and integrate their senses right away to
explore their new world. Through Brain Games activities, children use
one or more of their developing senses related to memory, spatial
orientation, and cause and effect.
- Language and communication development is most profound during a
child’s first three years of life while the brain is developing and
maturing. First Words activities help develop skills in an environment
rich with sounds, sights, and consistent exposure to speech and
- Feelings of confidence, pride, trust, friendship, and humor are all
part of social-emotional development. Making Friends activities promote
interactions and conversations, develop facial expressions to
communicate, and support self-identity.
- Building of self-esteem through nurturing, personal care
- Interaction with groups to spark curiosity and socialization
- Focus on cognitive and motor skills through playtime and activities
- Development through age-appropriate materials and toys
- Regular communication between teachers and parents keep you informed about your child’s day