BU Children’s CenterIf you are interested in enrollment for the 2015-2016 school year, please contact the Children’s Center at (617)353-3413 the beginning of the last full week of September 2014 to sign-up for a Parent Orientation session in October. Once you have attended a Parent Orientation session, you will then be able to sign-up for a time to visit the Center. Once you have visited the Center, you can then complete an application for enrollment. Space in the Parent Orientation sessions is limited.
The Boston University Children’s Center exists both to enrich and to enlarge a child’s experience while meeting parent’s needs for childcare. Parents of children in the Center are encouraged to visit the Center as often as possible and to play an active role in their child’s experience. The Center is, in a sense, an extension of the home: teachers, children, and parents work together to provide a quality early childhood educational environment.
The Center recognizes a child’s need to learn to respect themselves and to gain the respect of others. This is an ongoing process involving all aspects of a child’s being. Children at the Center are not separated into groups by age. They progress individually, regardless of age, as they do within a family and a neighborhood, where younger and older children learn much from one another. Together they learn compassion and responsibility in a warm friendly atmosphere that builds trust.
The Center is an open, structured classroom. Children work and play at their own pace on projects that appeal to their individual interests. Various activities focused on different stages of development are provided for the children to explore and experience. Some natural age separation does occur as children are drawn to other children and experiences appropriate to their particular skills and developmental stage.
The Center is licensed by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).