Center in Springfield, OR 97478
332 58th Street
Springfield, OR 97478
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The Thurston High School Child Development Center, located at 332 58th Street across from the high school, continues to be an outstanding facet of the THS program. The Child Development Center Preschool program accepts children between the ages of three years and six years. The center operates between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. The THS Child Development Center is a state-licensed program meeting established health, fire, safety, and sanitation standards, Provides nutritious USDA approved breakfast, lunch, and snack. Full and part time care is available, including morning and afternoon preschool.
As part of the THS educational program, the center provides a lab site for high school students enrolled in the child development program, as well as a work experience site for high school students. The high school student has the opportunity to work and learn on a practical level, the principles taught in the child development classes. High school students work under the direct supervision of the professional staff in the child development center. Students enrich the program with their warmth and enthusiasm, and provide an excellent adult-child ratio, which insures individual attention for each child.
The program consists of curriculum & activities that are planned to provide positive learning experiences appropriate to the individual developmental needs of young children, and allows for individual and group activities. It provides a balance of active and quiet activities daily, including indoor and outdoor experiences in which children can use their large and small muscles. Lots of time and opportunity for free choice activities is given, including: science, art experiences, academics, dramatic play, music and movement, circle time, puppets, books and story telling, etc.
The child development center is fully licensed by the State of Oregon. The quality of the program is monitored not only by Thurston High School and the Springfield School District, but the State of Oregon just as with any other licensed Preschool/Childcare center.
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The philosophy of the center is to provide a warm and positive atmosphere for children. We provide the material and stimulation that will help children to feel good about themselves. We want to help children become self-directed and develop healthy patterns as they interact with others. Our philosophy is based on mutual respect, guidance and developmentally appropriate activities for children.