Supervision, Staff, and Student Employees
The Child Development Center is a University department under the supervision of the Associate Vice President for Administration, Director of Human Resources. The program is administered by a full time qualified child care director who holds a degree in early childhood education or child development. An assistant director also supports the administration of the program full time.
Each group of children is staffed by a lead teacher and one or more assistants who are University employees and work a regular schedule. The staff members are persons who have a background in early childhood development and/or education and have demonstrated dedication in caring for children and participating in their learning. Many of the staff hold a bachelor's degree in education, psychology, or Human Development.
The director, assistant director, and each caregiver must complete at least 12 in-service hours of child care and education training each year and have a yearly physical. All are members of the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Each person on the staff is certified in CPR and first-aid.
Students and volunteers supplement the core staff. The student employees are often education, nursing, occupational or physical therapy, or psychology majors who have an interest in working with young children. Each student employee and volunteer receives training from the Center staff.