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USAO Child Development Center taking applications March 1


Enrollment for the USAO Child Development Center begins March 1 for the fall 2013 trimester. Designed for three- and four-year-olds, the acclaimed program stimulates growth in multiple areas, including social, emotional and intellectual. Snack time is just one of the many activities included each day for local children.

USAO Child Development Center taking applications March 1

 

 

Beginning March 1, the University of Science and Arts will begin receiving and processing applications for fall 2013 enrollment in its acclaimed Child Development Center.

 

Dr. Donna Gower, professor of education and director of the Child Development Center, said the key to the successful program for three- and four-year-olds is quality.

 

“We continually strive for a quality program for our young children, our parents and the college students,” Gower said.

 

The Child Development Center is open from 9-11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday during the fall and spring trimesters.

 

Enrollment for the fall trimester begins March 1 and ends March 30. Fees are $500 per child, per trimester.

 

Enrollment is limited to 16 children, and children must be at least two years of age before applying and at least three years of age by Sept. 1, 2013 to attend the three-year-old program and at least four years of age by Sept. 1, 2013 to attend the pre-kindergarten program.

 

Application forms may be obtained at the USAO Child Development Center in Gary Hall 101 A. Gary Hall is located at the corner of 17th Street and Alabama.

 

According to Gower, the kindergarten readiness curriculum focuses on the achievement of the following goals: enhancement of self-concept, language development, sensory acuity, motor development, concept formation and living skills. Teacher candidates from the USAO College of Education assist with teaching so the student to teacher ratio is very small giving students lots of one-on-one attention.

 

“Because young children have an insatiable curiosity and an urge to explore, discover and experiment, they are provided an enriched and developmentally appropriate environment where they can make good choices,” Gower said.

 

The USAO Child Development Center offers children varied opportunities to learn in physical, social, emotional and intellectual areas. The curriculum and the environment are the results of careful planning based on the knowledge of child growth and development.

 

Additional information about the program is available from Donna Gower by phone at (405) 574-1230.