Child Development Program
Child Development Club
Message to Child Development Students
Due to COVID-19, The Child Development Center will not be able to accommodate in-person student observations, Service Learning, and all other in-person student activities For Fall 2020 semester. For more information, please contact Program Specialist for assistance.
Welcome to the Child Development Center! In an effort to make your visit to the Center as positive and effortless as possible, we have the following guidelines. Please follow the procedures below for the type of visit you are requesting. For all visits, it is important for students to understand that the safety and well-being of the children comes first. You do not need an appointment to observe.
While at the Center, all students will be expected to display professional, courteous and ethical behavior at all times. This requires:
- Confidentiality be maintained. Therefore, discussions about children should take place only in class and/or with your professors, not here at the Center or outside the classroom.
- All written materials regarding children must be protected so as not to accidentally or purposefully disclose information about families or children. Use only first names of children, birth month and year.
- Pictures, recordings or use of any electronic devices, including cell phones, are not allowed at the Center. If you need a photo for your assignment, please ask a lead teacher to take it for you. Please note, no photos can include children’s faces.
- If you have any questions, please see someone at the front desk; do not disturb the
You are to observe from the observation booths. If you need to enter the classroom to gain additional information that is not possible from the booth, please refrain from interacting with the children. Licensing requirements do not allow participation from observers.
- You may observe on the playgrounds, again, please do not interact with the children.
When observing from the booth, please refrain from talking as others are collecting data for their assignment and the talking may be disruptive.
- Our Center is a nut free zone; please do not bring any food items that contain nuts into the Center. There is no eating or drinking in the observation booths.
It is important to understand that the Center is a lab school in which students are hired as apprentices to obtain hands on practice working with young children. Apprentices are carefully selected, but it is important to understand they are in the process of learning “best practices” working with young children, and therefore, some of your observations may not reflect best practice at the time you are observing.
Appointments are not necessary for an observation.
The Center is open 7:30 AM -4:45 PM.
- Observations can be conducted anytime during these hours, except between 11:45 am to 2:30 pm.
- When you arrive, you need to come to the front desk to sign in either in the notebook or electronically. You will need to know your student ID number.
- After signing in, take an observer badge from the basket, so staff knows that you
have checked in.
Precede to one of the three (3) observation booths. (1) to view toddlers in room 1, (2) to view toddlers in room 2 or preschoolers in room 5, (3) to view preschoolers in rooms 3 or 4.
- Observers may go into the classroom or outside if needed. But remember, it is important not to disrupt the class or interact with the children.
- Return your observer badge and check out upon completing your observation.
To Schedule Student Projects at the Center
- If you need to interview an Instructional Specialist (teacher), you need to contact the Program Specialist via e-mail or phone 760-795-6689.
- If you need to interview the Director, Linda Haar, please call for an appointment: 760-795-6862.
- When you arrive for your appointment, you will need to sign in at the front desk and get a visitor badge. If you sign in electronically, you will need your student ID number. Then ask the person at the front desk to direct you to the person you have scheduled an interview with.
Service Learning. Students wishing to complete Service Learning hours at the Center should visit the Center Office in the 8000 Building. Bring your Service Learning Contract, proof of a current TB Clearance, proof of immunization for Measles, Pertussis, and Influenza, and your Attendance Sheet (along with knowledge of your class schedule) to arrange for the days and times you will work in one of our five early childhood classrooms. All Service Learners are expected to attend an orientation session conducted by the Center Program Specialist prior to beginning their hours.