The mission of the CCAC Child Development Centers is four-fold:
to support and advance the mission to the Community College of Allegheny County through a service that facilitates students’ access to the College experience and provides access to on-site child care for credit students and employees;
to function as a model early child care program and education program, one that meets or exceeds licensing and accreditation standards by demonstrating the highest standards of care and early childhood education;
to create a learning community of children and adults that promotes optimal child development and healthy families; and
to extend educational experiences of students enrolled in CCAC majors by providing a demonstration and observation site.
The objectives of the CCAC Child Development Centers include:
to develop a program that builds self-image, individual strength and acceptance of self and others and develops a positive attitude toward self and others;
to develop basic skills through developmentally appropriate practices;
to create a supportive learning environment that stimulates children physically, intellectually, socially and emotionally;
allows for the recognition of each child’s unique learning style, abilities and developmental level;
allows for hands on learning, where the curriculum can emerge from the children’s interests, needs and desires; making learning concrete and meaningful;
allows for teachers to support and enhance children’s learning by providing time, materials and relationships children need;
to develop reciprocal relationships with each child’s family. We value and celebrate each family’s unique composition and their cultural, ethnic and linguistic background; and
to support the education of CCAC students who are learning about children and families by providing them with opportunities to work directly with children and families, under the guidance of professional educators, serving as role models and mentors, in an exemplary early child care education setting.