Kilgore College Early Childhood Center provides a learning environment to meet the needs of children as well as adults. In order to meet these needs, children are offered a nurturing environment and a curriculum that develops the whole child physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. College students and community members are given the opportunity to observe children, teachers, and the environment in preparation for a career in Early Childhood Education.
The Kilgore College Early Childhood Center
The Kilgore College Early Childhood Center strives to be a model of excellence in early childhood care and education. The center serves as a training laboratory for students preparing for careers in the early childhood professions while providing services to young children and their families.
Purpose and Philosophy
We believe that the early childhood years are the most important years of a person’s life. During the years from birth to about age seven, most of a child’s personality, cognitive ability, language proficiency, and social skills are well established. Participation in a quality early childhood program enhances a child’s development in each of these areas. Indeed, research has shown that children who participate in such quality programs have cognitive, language, and social skills beyond those children who do not have such an opportunity.
We believe that young children learn through active participation. As children interact with a well-planned and developmentally appropriate environment under the guidance of trained teachers, they “create” knowledge. We view children as active rather than passive learners. We follow the “cognitively-oriented” curriculum framework of the High/Scope Foundation.
We feel our center must serve the child as well as the family. Families are the first and most important educators of children. We see each child and family as unique; therefore, we strive to meet individual needs in a respectful manner.
We believe that those we serve at the Early Childhood Center deserve 100% of each employee. Each employee should strive for excellence in her or his work and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
Our curriculum, High/Scope Approach to Preschool Education, features a variety of enriching experiences to match each child's developmental needs. All experiences will emphasize the child's need to have an active role in planning, participation, and evaluation. The High/Scope teacher creates an "active-learning" environment within the classroom. Activities are based upon child development principles as outlined in the "key experiences," as well as the interests and abilities of the children. The "key experiences" are organized into domains of creative representation, language and literacy, social relations and initiative, movement, music, classification, serration, number, space, and time. A total of 54 "key experiences" are addressed within these categories. Each day the children will have the opportunity to participate in individual, small group, and large group activities. Our classrooms are organized into work areas which feature "hands-on" materials that stimulate children's learning. Each day our teachers present planned learning experiences for small groups, as well as the whole class. Every part of the child's day is important. Outdoor play, snacks and meals, rest time and field trips are considered a part of the "active learning" curriculum.
We value each family at the Early Childhood Center! Families are invited to participate in all aspects of the program and may visit the school at any time. Strong efforts are made to develop a sense of community throughout the school.
Opportunities for involvement include:
v Having lunch with your child
v Parent/teacher conferences two times per year
v Volunteering in the classroom(s)/office
v Joining the Family Involvement Committee
v Family friendly activities such as Thanksgiving Feast and Spring Picnic
Other Related Links
Kilgore College Early Childhood Professionals Club
The official website of the Kilgore College Early Childhood Professionals Club includes contact information, calendar and related information.
Kilgore College Here you can find information about what is happening at the college
Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (click)
This site has information about Child Care Licensing in the state of Texas. From this site, you can access the Minimum Standards for Child Care as well as search for child care.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (click)
NAEYC is the largest professional organization for Early Childhood Professionals. You can use this site to find information about NAEYC Accreditation and search for accredited programs.
High/Scope Educational Research Foundation (click)
High/Scope is the curriculum framework used at the Kilgore College Early Childhood Center. By following the links “About Us”, “All about High/Scope – FAQs” you can find information about the curriculum framework.
Texas Department of State Health Services (click)
This site contains information about immunizations required for children, adolescents, and adults in the state of Texas.
Head Start (click)
The Head Start website has information about the Head Start Program including services offered and frequently asked questions.
Anerican Academy of Pediatrics (HealthyChildren.org)
This link will take you to the Parenting Corner of the AAP website. From this site, you can search topics of interest including childhood illnesses and social/emotional issues facing children.
Public Broadcast System (click)
This site has information for parents as well as games and activities for children.
Scholastic for Parents (click)
This is a commercial site but it contains some excellent resources for parents including recommended reading for specific age groups and ways to encourage your child’s love of reading.
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Tuition and Fees
For Information regarting tuition and fees, please contact the center at (903)983-8293 or Janet Baxter at email@example.com
Kilgore College is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. If you are interested in enrolling your child, please contact the Kilgore College Early Childhood Center at (903) 983-8293. We encourage interested parents to schedule a guided tour of the center. Our center is located on the Kilgore College campus. Our mailing address is: 1100 Broadway, Kilgore, TX 75662.