The ISU Child Care Center provides high quality, developmental childcare services in a safe, nurturing, and diverse learning environment for preschool children of ISU students, faculty, and staff, ages 3-5. The Center is a working illustration of early childhood best practices by collaborating with families, the University, and community, all while utilizing the best current research and practice within the early childhood profession. The Child Care Center serves as a lab site for practicum students from the ISU Family and Consumer Sciences Department along with observers from other departments across campus.
Facilities include a kitchen, a one-way window component for discreet observation by students or parents, and an outdoor play yard. The play yard serves as an outdoor learning laboratory for children and college students who complete practicum hours in the setting. The Child Care Center has microphones installed throughout, and has a specially designed observation booth equipped with headphones for observers.
The classroom is arranged into permanent and temporary learning centers allowing children to engage in playful interactions with peers, well-educated teachers, student assistants and practicum students. Experiences in large/small group activities occur daily in a home like environment. Learning centers are designed to be accessible and are equipped to meet the needs of varying developmental abilities. Daily activities foster emotional, social, intellectual and physical growth. Good self esteem, clear and positive communication, problem solving, decision making, creativity, independence and the ability to work with others are stressed throughout each day.