Child Development: Quality Childcare

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    • 00:01

      SANDY ABRAMS: Quality child care is truly aboutthe interaction of the adults and the childrenand the environment adults can set up for children.[Sandy Abrams, Director, Associated Students Children'sCenter, Northridge, CA] So qualityrequires educated staff, staff thatare committed to working with children,who have the knowledge and abilityto individualize the curriculum so that they

    • 00:22

      SANDY ABRAMS [continued]: can meet each child's needs.Children's development runs the gamutand we here serve children 18 months to five years old.So our teachers have to be ready for everything every day.All of our teachers have at least a bachelor's degree.Some have masters degrees.We also work with interns.

    • 00:42

      SANDY ABRAMS [continued]: So the quality of their knowledge and their abilityto interact with children and offerthem learning opportunities, that's whatmakes for a quality program.And we're also lucky enough that we have a beautiful facilitythat was built by the students of California StateUniversity, Northridge.And our facility offers us the opportunity

    • 01:03

      SANDY ABRAMS [continued]: to set up learning environments that really allow childrento explore, to try new things, to work together with peers,to work with adults-- they have lots of opportunities to learnand that's what gets them ready for kindergarten.What makes this a child-friendly environmentis it is the children's place.

    • 01:25

      SANDY ABRAMS [continued]: They create most of what goes on our walls, most of whatgoes on our floors.Their creative opportunities, their art, their math,their science, pictures of them engagedin activities that give them learning opportunities, that'swhat makes the building a children's place.

    • 01:47

      SANDY ABRAMS [continued]: So we have art and creative activitiesthat children post on the walls down low enoughfor them to actually be the ones who put things up.We have some things just above their headsbecause when it's just above your head,you have the opportunity to look up and seethe world in that way.And then we also use our art as a parent teaching

    • 02:08

      SANDY ABRAMS [continued]: tool in the hallways.We have a lot of bulletin boards down our main hallwaysand that's where teachers post a lot of children's activitiesand what children are learning while they'redoing those activities.

Child Development: Quality Childcare

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Child care director Sandy Abrams explains what makes up a quality child care. She highlights teacher education, learning environments, and parent communication.

Child Development: Quality Childcare

Child care director Sandy Abrams explains what makes up a quality child care. She highlights teacher education, learning environments, and parent communication.

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