Results of LC child care study and upcoming followup survey
January 26, 2015
Since 2013, members of Lewis & Clark Kids and Families have worked in collaboration with a consultant and Executive Council to produce a year-long Child Care Center Feasibility Study. The study found overwhelming support for the creation of a on-campus child care center (93% of 810 survey respondents across all three campuses). However, more information is needed regarding potential enrollment.
Next week, Lewis & Clark Kids and Families will be releasing a brief follow-up survey to gauge the likelihood that parents and potential parents will enroll their children.
Results of the Study
The feasibility study proposed a high-quality, educational and research-based center that would meet campus parents’ expectations and be consistent with the College’s reputation and faculty expertise in early childhood education.
In terms of program quality, the model assumes that:
the program is in alignment with the Lewis & Clark mission and will play a role in supporting its academic programs;
low child-to-teacher ratios;
the program meets NAEYC accreditation standards and criteria;
all staff have the appropriate degrees and experience;
the center will close for in-service days to allow for staff development, curriculum development, Lewis & Clark student worker training, etc.;
the curriculum will be developed by the staff, rooted in constructivist practices in education and will include an anti-bias and diversity focus;
the center will integrate with academic programs and faculty and student research in the Psychology, Education, and other departments.
In terms of operations, the proposed center envisions 46 slots, year-round, with an in-house food program. The model assumes four classrooms and two suites; a 1-to-3 child-to-teacher ratio for infants, toddlers, and two-year-olds, and a 1:7 ratio for preschoolers (3 years-prekindergarten). There is potential for full-time and part-time enrollment. Teachers would have approximately one hour a day of non-classroom time for curriculum development and parent communications. Each classroom would be staffed by two professional teachers and one student aide.