The Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center is a family-centered program housed in a facility designed to provide for best practices in early childhood education and to enhance the learning experience for university students. The facility earned a design and construction rating of LEED Gold from the U.S. Green Building Council in 2013, meaning it meets the highest standards for environmental sustainability. Early childhood professionals meet the physical, social, emotional and cognitive needs of children ages eight weeks to five years old. The JTCDSC provides individualized care for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
The JTCDSC program has a three-fold mission:
- To provide a model early childhood education facility for children from eight weeks to five years.
- To serve as a teaching laboratory for students studying in the area of Human Development & Family Sciences and other disciplines.
- To serve as a research facility for faculty and graduate students.
Infant and Toddler Program
The laboratory is a hands-on teaching facility, where U of A students can work directly
with children age eight weeks to three years. Students learn basic elements of observation,
plan and conduct curriculum, and evaluate programs. Child development theory comes
to life in a model setting.
The children participate in a wide variety of indoor and outdoor experiences that foster the development of the whole child. We provide choices for children and plan activities for each child to be successful as well as challenged. A feeling of competency is encouraged. Children explore, manipulate, predict, test, compare and discover. Because of the plethora of research showing the first three years of life to be crucial years for optimal brain development, the Infant/Toddler program plays an important role in supporting early development and training students who will work with children.
With smaller group sizes and highly educated, experienced and committed teachers, the Infant/Toddler program provides consistency in the crucial first three years where caring relationships are vitally important.
We see each child as a unique individual. Our goal is to provide opportunities for children to grow and develop in all areas of self: social, emotional, cognitive, physical and creative. We provide choices for children and plan activities for each child to be successful as well as challenged. A feeling of competency is encouraged. Indoor and outdoor learning centers offer social, language, math, science, music and creative arts experiences. Children explore, manipulate, predict, test, compare, discover and evaluate.
The program we pursue is geared toward helping the child develop habits of observing, questioning and listening. The program fosters personal awareness of feelings and promotes positive and pro-social behaviors. It gives children an awareness of their right to express those feelings by channeling them into acceptable means of expression. Child-directed opportunities in the program allow children to utilize their intellectual and creative abilities now. These opportunities also give children practice in solving problems for future learning tasks.
Positive guidance and adult modeling of these behaviors help children develop authentic self-esteem. The program provides children with enjoyable and engaging experiences while learning in a developmentally appropriate environment. With smaller group sizes and highly educated, experienced and committed teachers, the Preschool program provides a balance of support and independence. Teachers facilitate children's experiences and opportunities that encourage responsibility, caring for others, investigation, self-regulation and problem-solving skills.
The Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center is accredited by the National Association for Education of Young Children and is a member of the national organization. The Center is also a member of the National Coalition for Campus Childcare Centers.
The Jean Tyson Child Development Study Center is on the north side of the U of A campus
on Douglas Street, between Oakland Avenue and Storer Street.
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Tuition and Fees
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Hours of Operation
Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM to 5:30 PM
For enrollment information, please contact
Executive Director for Business Operations