Our mission is to serve children and families of the University of Cincinnati and community by providing a high quality, educational program sustained through a professional, nurturing staff.
Who we are, and What we do
|UC Early Learning Center
3310 Ruther Avenue
Cincinnati, Ohio 45220
|(513) 961-2825 Phone
(513) 281-7676 Fax
|Serving Children of Ages: 3 months - 5 years Year Round: Monday - Friday 7:00 am - 6:00 pm
And during the summer, children ages 5 years - 8 years.
The UC Early Learning Center is staffed by caring individuals with varying degrees of education and experience. Our Lead Teachers hold a minimum of an Associates degree in Early Childhood Education. Teacher Assistants and Aides receive on-going training to develop and strengthen their skills. Student Teachers from the university assist our regular teaching staff in the implementation of the program.
The UC Early Learning Center program embraces the constructivist position. This position posits that children learn when they are engaged both physically and cognitively, with objects, people, and events. The program has a developmental focus which grants each child the opportunity to grow and learn at his or her own pace. The planned environments offer purposeful activities that support and encourage growth and exploration in math, science, literacy, music, art, as well as social skills, all of which provide a solid foundation for entering elementary school. The program design reflects the belief that quality early childhood education based on constructivist assumptions involves constant interaction between and among the environment, the child, the teacher and the family.
At UC Early Learning Center, the goals of discipline are to help the child develop inner controls, help the child verbalize instead of using physical actions, bring the child in touch with his/her feelings, and establish appropriate and constructive behavior.
Commitment to Diversity
The UC Early Learning Center is committed to serving a diverse population of children and families, and to providing a multi-cultural, integrated curriculum. In the classroom, pictures, books, puzzles, dolls and dramatic play materials reflect a diversity of racial and cultural backgrounds, gender roles, and special needs and abilities whenever possible. Only current, accurate images of children and families of diverse backgrounds doing real life things are portrayed. Art and music include materials, art work, songs and instruments from many cultures. Families are encouraged to share native customs, music, clothing, books, games, and foods with their child's group.
Children with Disabilities
Children with mental or physical disabilities have the opportunity to participate in all activities at the center. All children benefit when children with and without disabilities are served in the same setting. Children who do not have disabilities experience growth in social skills, increased tolerance of others, and decreased fear of human differences.
The UC Early Learning Center will make any reasonable modification in policies, practices and procedures in order to accommodate individuals with disabilities. The Charlotte R. Schmidlapp Child Care Center meets current ADA architectural requirements. Individualized Plans are used to meet the specific needs of children with disabilities while under our care and supervision.
The UC Early Learning Center does not discriminate for reason of race, creed, color, gender, religion, disability, national and ethnic origin in its admissions, scholarship or educational programs and activities.