TRI's Child Development Center Creates an Environment to Thrive
October 4, 2016
Welcome to the TRI Child Development Center! Here at the Child
Development Center (CDC) on the campus of Western Oregon University, children ages 2.5 up to 10 years of age participate in our
Preschool and Afterschool Enrichment programs. Both of our programs are designed to serve
the students and employees of Western Oregon University and the surrounding
Always improving through our collaboration with TRI's Center on Early Learning
We have made improvements to our classroom environments following the Center on Early Learning's feedback generated from the Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scale and the Classroom Assessment Scoring System. These observations and the subsequent teacher training topics, lead to intentional planning and implementation of learning centers, an increase in meaningful materials and activities, and raised awareness of how crucial those consistent positive interactions are when working with children.
We have a learning culture...we are all learning, at every level, every day
The successful operation of the Child Development Center requires focus on cohesive consistent teaching teams that are receiving mentoring guidance and training opportunities on a regular basis. We have a learning culture...we are all learning, at every level, every day.
One avenue that our teaching teams learn from is Reflective Practice, which is taking the time to think about one's own daily classroom experience to gain insight. Our qualified teaching teams are participating in a weekly reflective practice sessions, in which decisions about change or status quo are based.
A focus on whole child development and STEM
We have three preschool classrooms that offer a full day of service from 7:30am until 5:30pm. Our teaching staff follow Creative Curriculum’s age appropriate play based lesson planning. Each classroom follows consistent daily routines and throughout the day the children are introduced to all of the key components of whole child development.
The key components being social and emotional
growth, cognitive development, fine and gross motor practice, language and
literacy experience and an abundance of fun exposure to the arts. Our experienced teaching staff also weave in Science Technology Engineering
and Math curriculum throughout the
Our Afterschool Enrichment Program offers a safe, productive place for children ages 5 through 10 years of age to attend after their school day ends, in which many of key components mentioned above are supported by our teachers through community building, homework support, and play based expansion of our curriculum and arts.
Creating a welcoming place for parents
intention is to open the doors to our parents, create a welcoming place
to spend time with their children and to invite them to share their
expertise about their children. A parent's expertise, along with teacher
observations, creates a platform for individualization. This
individualization of goals for children melds with the decisions made
through reflective practice to guide the meaningful experiences our
teaching teams create.
Preschool Promise expanding opportunities
This year we have an exciting opportunity for WOU students, employees and our surrounding community called Preschool Promise. This is a state-funded tuition subsidy program and our TRI- Child Development Center was awarded 15 openings!
To schedule a tour or to get more information about our 2016-2017 Preschool Program, Afterschool Enrichment Program or Preschool Promise please contact Carey Gilbert at (503) 838-8238. And please visit our website at TRICDC.org.
Carey Gilbert and Ingrid Amerson are Co-Directors of the TRI Child Development Center.
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