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Welcome Letter From The Director

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  Welcome Letter from our Director Early Childhood Laboratory School  Constance L. Williams, M.Ed. Welcome!   As the Director of the Early Childhood Laboratory School at Delaware State University I would like to welcome you to our NEW website! We take great pride in our outstanding child-centered curriculum provided for our school’s youngest learners from 12 months to Pre-Kindergarten 5 year olds.  Our goal is to offer individualized educational opportunities in a positive multi-cultural learning environment that prepares our students to become lifelong learners and contributing members of society. The DSU Lab School has an exceptional team of creative, professional educators who dedicate a tremendous amount of time and energy providing the best possible education for all of our students. We use formative and summative assessments to gather data on the academic growth of our students and use this data to develop appropriate learning centers and individualized instruction.  Regular review and revision of the curriculum helps us to ensure that we are delivering the best possible learning experience for each child. We acknowledge the importance of parental involvement in the success of our program and enjoy the strong relationships with our Parent Committee and community volunteers.  The presence of early field experience students and volunteers in the classroom allows us to expose children to different teaching styles, cultures and languages through individual interactions to expand learning opportunities. Again, Welcome to Delaware State University’s Early Childhood Laboratory School! It is our pleasure to serve the University, the beautiful Capital City of Dover and Delaware’s most valuable assets, our children.  I invite you to explore our website often, as each visit will have new features highlighting all the unique learning experiences that DSU Lab School has to offer your family. Please feel free to contact me with any comments or questions via e-mail: clwilliams@desu.edu Sincerely, Constance L. Williams, M.Ed. Faculty & Director of the Early Childhood Laboratory School Delaware State University

Daily Schedules

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Early Childhood Lab School Daily Schedules   Toddler Classroom 7:30 am Arrival/Free Play 9:00 am Diapers, Toileting & Hand Washing 9:15 am Clean up/ Hand Washing/ Breakfast 9:45 am Friendship Time (theme review, songs, feelings) 10:00 am Gross Motor (indoor area or outdoors) 11:20 am Art & Sensory Experiences 11:50 am Clean Up/Hand Washing/ Lunch 12:20 pm Story Time/Diapers, Toileting 12:45 pm Quiet time/Nap time 2:45 pm Diapers, Toileting, Hand Washing 3:00 pm Snack 3:20 pm Literacy Activities (Fingerplays, books) /Free Play 4:00 pm Outdoor Excursion/Indoor play area/Music & Movement 5:30 pm Departure PreK 3’s Classroom 7:30 am-8:40 am- Arrival/Self selected play 8:40 am-9:00 am- Circle time- calendar, flag salute, feelings 9:00 am-9:30 am- Clean up/Wash hands/Breakfast 9:30 am-9:40 am- Library/Table tops 9:40 am-10:00 am- Music & Movement 10:00 am-10:20 am- Small group theme/concepts 10:20 am-11:00 am-Physical activities/Playground 11:00 am-11:30 am-Centers/Free play 11:30 am-12:00 pm- Clean up/Wash hands/Lunch 12:00 am-12:30 pm- Fine Motor/table tops 12:30 pm-1:00 pm- Story time 1:00 pm-3:00 pm- Nap/Quiet time 3:00 pm-3:30 pm-Wash hands/Snack 3:30 pm-4:00 pm- Group time 4:00 pm-4:45 pm Centers/Free play 4:45 pm-5:30 pm Physical activities/outdoor time PreK 4’s Classroom 7:30 am-8:30 am Arrival/Free play 8:30 pm-8:50 am Morning Meeting 9:00 am-9:30 am Clean up/Wash hands/Breakfast 9:30 am-9:40 am Story time 9:50 am-10:20 am Outdoor activities 10:30 am-10:50 am Circle time 10:50 am-11:00 am Music & Movement 11:00 am-11:30 am Centers/Small group time 11:40 am-12:25 pm Clean up/Wash hands/Lunch 12:30 pm-1:00 pm Story time 1:00 pm-3:00 pm Quiet time 3:00 pm-3:30 pm Wash hands/Snack 3:30 pm-4:00 pm Afternoon Meeting 4:00 pm-4:30 pm Outdoor activities 4:30 pm-5:30 –Free play/departure PreK 5’s Classroom 7:30 am-9:00 am Arrival/Free play- Learning Centers 9:00 am-10:00 am Clean up/Wash hands/Breakfast 10:00 am-11:00 am Circle time (Large & Small Groups) Literacy & Language/Journals 11:00 am-12:10 pm Outdoor Activities 12:15 pm-1:00 pm Clean up/Wash hands/Lunch 1:00 pm Quiet Time/Rest 3:00 pm-3:30 pm Wash hands/Snack 3:30 pm-5:30 –Free play- Learning Centers/Music & Movement/Departure

Classroom Management - I Can Problem Solve

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Classroom Management & Guidance   The Lab School promotes positive behavior management techniques to prevent challenging behaviors. We arrange the classrooms for active exploration and individual decision making opportunities. Clear age appropriate class rules and expectations are posted and reviewed daily. We use redirection, active listening, modeling and positive reinforcement to encourage positive behavior. The staff is encouraged to give attention to and reward appropriate behavior.  Inappropriate behavior is ignored.  However, if the behavior cannot be ignored, the child is verbally reminded of the classroom rules and expectations. If the verbal appeals are unsuccessful, the child will be asked to move to a quiet area in the classroom away from the learning centers until he/she can behave appropriately. If the challenging behavior persists, a parent-teacher conference will be scheduled to determine strategies to improve age appropriate behaviors and consequences for inappropriate behaviors. In an effort to solve problems in a productive manner, children are guided through a series of lessons providing techniques and language specified in the Interpersonal Cognitive Problem-Solving Program by Dr. Myrna B. Shure (ICPS) also known as “I Can Problem Solve.” 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

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What guidelines monitor this licensed Child Care Center? Our guidelines are governed by DELACARE: Rules for early care and education and school-age centers. Does this Center provide subsidies for Military? The DSU Early Childhood Laboratory School participates in Military Fee Assistance Program. What are the Lab School ADULT to CHILD ratios? Age Group DSU Lab School Delacare Laws Toddlers (12 months-36 months) 1: 5 1:6 Preschool 3’s 1:9 1:10 Preschool 4’s 1:10 1:12 Preschool 5’s 1:12 1:15                 What time do the children eat meals? Breakfast is served from 9:00 am-9:30 am Lunch is served from 11:30-12:30 pm Afternoon snack is served 3:00 pm-3:30 pm What should I do if my key fob does not open the front door entrance? Contact Ms. Williams 857-6731 to initiate reactivation by Public Safety.  If you have misplaced your key fob, there is a $15 replacement fee. What is my CDL? Child Development Lab. This assigned account number is used to pay your child’s tuition through the University Cashier with Cash or Money Order (Administration building 1st floor window) or through QuikPay (online) with credit card, bank card or internet check.  

Tuition and Payment Options

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All accounts must be set up in the cashier’s office and will receive a CDL account number. The person responsible for the account must use their social security number on the Business Office Form.  An annual non-refundable registration fee of $25.00 is required at the time of registration. The tuition for attendance in DSU’s Early Childhood Laboratory School is income-based from September-June. There is a $50 monthly discount for additional siblings enrolled in the Lab School. Payment can be made by credit card, money order, cash or check in the Administration Building 1st floor Cashier’s Office 9:00 am-4:00 pm M-F or online through QuikPay NelNet Website. The University accepts self-arranged Purchase of Care through the Division of Social Services- Delaware Health and Social Services. Parents/guardians are responsible for paying the University for services rendered and completing and returning all documentation before receiving a reimbursement from DSS. A late fee of $35.00 will be placed on accounts the Monday after payments are due. Your child will not be permitted to return to school without a receipt of payment. In the unfortunate event that you choose to withdraw your child, you must provide a 2-week notice. If your CDL account has an outstanding balance, the account will go to collections after 90 days.  

Enrollment Information and Package

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Delaware State University
Early Childhood Laboratory School

Education & Humanities Center, Rm 116
7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday
302.857.6731

clwilliams@desu.edu 
 

 

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Enrollment Package Classes are generally arranged by chronological age by August 31st and developmental stage. The Lab School has a non-discriminatory admissions policy. Children are admitted in order of receipt of the Request for Enrollment form with payment of the non-refundable registration fee of $25.00. When enrollment space is available: Parents are notified.   The Enrollment packet is completed with emergency contact form, medical/health information, permission form, CACFP income eligibility form, “Parents Right to Know” acknowledgement, parental agreement for tuition and business office account set up.   Accommodation requests permitted based on identified disabilities, dual language learners, and/or food exemptions due to allergies or intolerances.   Child is enrolled and may begin attending the Lab School. An updated physical and immunization is required within the first 30 days of enrollment.
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Welcome Letter from our Chairperson

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  Welcome Letter from our Chairperson for the Education Department  Rayton R. Sianjina, Ph.D.   It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to Delaware State University’s Laboratory School. This organization serves the greater Dover community with pride and integrity. I hope you take advantage of the service that we provide to all who have such a need. The staff in the Lab School has worked assiduously in anticipation of your enrolling the young scholars in this program. Without a doubt, efforts of all our staff members will have a positive impact on all those young scholars who pursue this academic journey. Again, with pride, I welcome you. If, we can be of service to you, please do not hesitate to contact us. Sincerely, Rayton R. Sianjina, Ph.D. Chairperson, Education Department  

Student Early Field Experiences and Student Notice

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Delaware State University
Early Childhood Laboratory School

Education & Humanities Center, Rm 116
7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday
302.857.6731

clwilliams@desu.edu
 

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DSU Student Early Field Experiences: The Early Field Experience (EFE) is a vital and integral part of pre-service teacher preparation. First hand experience exposes students to the realities of the classroom. In general, student experiences fall into one of the two categories below: 1) Observation that requires the students to quietly observe or participate in a teacher’s aide capacity (10 hours). 2) Practicum enables the student to actively participate as directed and guided by the classroom teacher. The student is involved in teaching activities in a variety of group settings. The student’s college instructor visits the classroom during this experience (20-30 hours). It is the responsibility of the DSU student to meet with the classroom teacher prior to the start of their early field experience. This meeting provides the opportunity to set a schedule that is convenient for the teacher. Classroom teachers are not expected to alter their teaching styles, curriculum, classroom routine or daily plans for the student. It is our hope that this experience will be beneficial to the student, the cooperating teacher and the school. Student Notice:   Expectations for Observing/Participating in the DSU Early Early Childhood Lab School If students select or are selected to complete their Early Field Experience hours in the DSU Early Childhood Lab School:   Please remember to sign in and out for verification of your visit. Obtain an EFE badge upon entering if you will be in classrooms. (Badge not needed if in the observation room) Have assigned Teacher, Ms. Mitchell or Mrs.Williams sign your verification form after each visit.   EFE Students are considered volunteers. Volunteers will be present less than seven (7) hours a week, are not counted toward staff/child ratios and must be under the supervision of at least an Early Childhood Teacher, and under the direct observation of at least an Early Childhood Assistant Teacher, at all times and not be alone with the children at any time.   Observation Students will complete structured observations of the classrooms and children from the Observation Room. Follow your course guidelines for completing your observation.    Practical Experience Students will pre arrange assessments and lesson plans with the classroom teacher prior to interacting with the children. Follow your course guidelines for completing your assignments.    If you are required to complete multiple hours for different courses, contact your Instructors to determine if multiple cites are required.   Remember to dress appropriately to work with children and their parents. No open toed shoes, low-cut blouses, or short skirts. Please refer to the guidelines distributed by the Office of Clinical and Field Experiences.   No more than (4) four adults permitted per classroom. Please use observation room until the ratio of adults to children decreases.    

Community Service

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Delaware State University
Early Childhood Laboratory School

Education & Humanities Center, Rm 116
7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday
302.857.6731

clwilliams@desu.edu
 

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Volunteers: General: Childcare Volunteers offer educational support to toddlers- preschool children. Volunteers assist classroom teachers in meeting children’s basic needs, providing children with positive and nurturing play experiences, and building trust and rapport with children. Commitment: Childcare Volunteers work 7 hours or less per week between 7:30 am-12:30 pm or 3:30 pm-5:30 pm Monday-Friday. Stop by the Lab School to register. EH 116 Responsibilities: 1. Volunteers play with, care for, and read to children. 2. Volunteers assist classroom teachers with clean-up and general maintenance of the childcare area. 3. Volunteers maintain the strict confidentiality of the families. 4. Volunteers are mandated reporters and are required to report any suspicions of child abuse or neglect to the Director. You may be asked to write your observations or concerns on an incident report. For additional information, you may contact the Early Childhood Lab School at 302.857.6731.    

Work Study

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Delaware State University
Early Childhood Laboratory School

Education & Humanities Center, Rm 116
7:30 am - 5:30 pm, Monday-Friday
302.857.6731

clwilliams@desu.edu
 

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The Student Employment Office (SEO) was created to provide a “one stop resource” for Delaware State University students concerning all matters of student employment. We are dedicated to helping students locate jobs on campus and ensuring that students maximize the value of their employment experiences. We believe that having an on campus job helps students become more involved with DSU community, provides valuable work experience, and helps build transferable skills and habits that will benefit future career options. The Student Employment Office, an integral part of the Office of Career Services, is based on a philosophy of providing valuable work experience for degree-seeking students through the performance of jobs on or off campus and providing employment venues that assist with financial support to the student’s academic studies. Student employment on or off campus gives students the opportunity for practical experience in the world of work comparable to emerging occupations. Practical work offers knowledge, skills, and abilities attractive to future employers and complements their academic credentials. Financial assistance in the form of on and off campus work should be responsive to the student’s class hours and schedule. However, a student’s financial need should not override relative merit and qualifications when departments make hiring decisions. If you have any questions or need further information, please stop by the Student Employment Office located on the third floor of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center (suite 353) or contact us at (302) 857-6138. You can also email us at studentemployment@desu.edu or check out our website www.desu.edu/studentemployment .

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