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Child Development and Family Studies Center

The Child Development and Family Studies Center, the child-study laboratory for the School of Human Sciences, is housed at 501 College View Street near the Humphrey Coliseum. Children ages 6 weeks and first set of shots to 7 years of age (after school and summer) are enrolled in six classes. There are two (2) fenced playgrounds with equipment that is developmentally appropriate for the children and a center garden, which children participate in growing their own food for classroom tasting.

Hours of Operation

Hours of operation at 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Center follows the twelve-month university calendar and is closed on all university holidays.

Organizational Structure

The School of Human Scinces operates the Child Development and Family Studies Center as a laboratory for students who plan to work with young children and families. A Center Manager is responsible for the day-to-day interactions with the children, their parents, and staff. Full-time teachers, teaching assistants, graduate teaching assistants, and student employees report to the Center Manager. The Center Manager reports to the Director of the Center, who is responsible for overall administration. The Director is accountable to the Head of the School of Human Sciences. All employees are required to complete all background checks required by the Mississippi Department of Health and obtain Child CPR/First Aid Certification.

Lab students observe and interact with children at the Center to meet requirements for course credit. Students in four (4) Human Sciences courses participate at the Center 2 hours per week during the fall, spring, and summer semesters. Interns may also participate at the Center full-time (480 hours per term).

Governing Principles

  • Mississippi State University (MSU) - The Child Development and Family Studies Center is a program with the School of Human Sciences
  • Mississippi State Department of Health (MSDH) - The Child Development and Family Studies Center is licensed by the Mississippi State Department of Health
  • The Mississippi Child Care Quality Step Improvement System (QRIS) - 5 STAR Rating

Philosophy

The philosophy of the Child Development and Family Studies Center is based on several beliefs about young children that are rooted in theory and accepted professional practice. It is important to provide an environment that practices respect, consistency and balance when meeting a child’s developmental needs. Each child is unique and special. Teachers reinforce each child’s development of a positive self-image. Children are provided opportunities to learn positive ways to interact with and appreciate the distinctive qualities of their peers and others. development of each child’s physical, social, emotional, creative, and cognitive self is optimally supported when center activities and experiences are “hands on” and appropriate and when teachers are nurturing, sensitive, and encourage curiosity. An inclusive environment that offers each child an opportunity to make decisions and experience the consequences of those decisions is provided. Each child thrives when parents and teachers are partners committed to working cooperatively to enhance the child’s development.

Mission Statement

The Child Development and Family Studies Center provide quality child development services to children and their families through positive learning experiences.

Curriculum

The curriculum of the Center is experience based, emphasizing developmentally appropriate activities. Curriculum is based on the "whole" child with emphasis on his/her social, emotional, physical, creative, and cognitive development. Activities reflect content areas such as music, art, sciences, mathematics, language/literature, movement, sand and water table, and dramatic play for children two to five years. Infants, crawlers, and toddlers have activities that are selected to meet individual interests and developmental needs. Should a child need translation services, CDFSC will provide services through MSU. For more information regarding the Curriculum Policy, please see the parent handbook.

Schedule of Activities

Each classroom has a daily schedule posted near the door. The daily schedule for early care and education in the Infant Room and the 1 year old room is flexible and allows for individual needs of these young children. The routines in the 2, 3, and 4 classes provide a framework for regular events such as group time, learning centers, outdoor play, meals, and snacks, etc.

Weekly Themes

Developmentally appropriate activities following a weekly or monthly theme are planned for each class beginning with one-year-old group. The theme, learning objectives for the children and daily activities are posted in the classroom.

Parents are regularly provided a copy of the planned weekly theme and the related learning activities (curriculum plans). Learning activities are sent to parents via email by Monday of each week.

Parent's Role and Responsibilities

Parents can contribute suggestions to improve the quality of their child's experience at CDFSC. We believe that parents possess special talents, skills, and knowledge, which will make early education a stronger program.

  1. Parents know their child best, and this knowledge is a primary resource for CDFSC staff.
  2. Parents know the ways in which they want their child to grown and learn.
  3. Parents know the community they live in and can address issues directly related to their child/children.

In partnership with parents, the CDSFC Program will work to meet the needs of your children.

How Can Parents Participate in the Program?

  1. Parents should get involved with the center-teacher committee.
  2. Parents should volunteer in the classroom, on field trips, and visit in the classroom and observe.
  3. Parents should share skills and knowledge with teachers and children.
  4. Parents should enhance the child's development by reinforcing concepts and skills being taught at your center.
  5. Parents should attend workshops, training, and gatherings offered at the Center.
  6. Parents should attend parent orientation and are encouraged to attend parent meetings. A parent handbook is provided at the beginning of the year to help familiarize parents with all policies and regualations.

Tuition and Fees

Infant Room

  • Tuition: $520 per month/per child (regardless of attendance)
  • Material fee: $75 per semester/per child will be charged with August and January billing.

1 Year Old Room

  • Tuition: $500 per month/per child (regardless of attendance)
  • Material fee: $75 per semester/per child will be charged with August and January billing.

2 Year Old Room

  • Tuition: $500 per month/per child (regardless of attendance)
  • Material fee: $75 per semester/per child will be charged with August and January billing.

3 Year Old Room

  • Tuition: $490 per month/per child (regardless of attendance)
  • Material fee: $75 per semester/per child will be charged with August and January billing.

4 Year Old Room

  • Tuition: $490 per month/per child (regardless of attendance)
  • Material fee: $75 per semester/per child will be charged with August and January billing.

Out-of-School/After School Room

  • Tuition: $155 per month/per child (regardless of attendance)
  • Material fee: $50 per semester/per child will be charged with August and January billing.
  • $25 per day for full days out of school (7:30 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.) plus your monthly rate of $155
  • $15 per half day - 5 horus (5:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.) due to 60% school day at elementary school.
  • Spring Break rate for children not attending Out-of-School program regularly will be charged $30 per day (if space is available).
  • Summer program rate for children is $1,350 for the last school day in May until the late working day of July. (All field trip cost included in price)

Enrollment Eligibility

The Child Development and Family Studies Center serves children between the ages of 6 weeks with first shots to after school age. Children with disabilities are encouraged and welcomed for enrollment.

To apply parents must:

Waiting List

A list of children who are waiting to be enrolled at the Center is maintained. The Center serves as a laboratory for students in the School of Human Sciences, and therefore, we strive to represent a balance of ages, cultures, and ratio of boys to girls. When a vacancy occurs, parents are contacted by telephone to determine their interest. Priority is given to groups in the following order:

Children 8 weeks through 4 years of age:

  1. Siblings of children currently enrolled at the Center. A child remains as a priority sibling only as long as the "sibling" remains enrolled at the CDFSC
  2. Children of MSU faculty, staff, and students
  3. Community

Out of School - Priority:

  1. Children enrolled at CDSFC 4 year old program going into Kindergarten.
  2. Siblings of children currently enrolled at the Center. A child remains as a priority sibling only as long as the "sibling" remains enrolled at the CDFSC
  3. Children of MSU faculty, staff, and students
  4. Community

Children's applications are grouped together by Kindergarten start dates, which are assigned upon waiting list enrollment. A child's position on the waiting list would change only due to other children's removal from the list.

Staff

Kristen Armstrong

Teacher
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: kda31@msstate.edu

Angelia Barr

Child Care Assistant
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phone: (662) 325-3083
email: adb48@msstate.edu

LaCheryl Curtis

Child Care Assistant
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phone: (662) 325-3083
email: lc1@msstate.edu

Clarissa Doss

Teacher
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: cld93@msstate.edu

Christina Doss

Teacher
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: cld54@msstate.edu

Sharon Fulgham

Child Care Assistant
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phone: (662) 325-2950
email: slw626@msstate.edu

Tashina Hampton

Teacher
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: tch34@msstate.edu

Beyonka Roxann Hester

Office Associate
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: beyonka@humansci.msstate.edu

Samantha Jones

Teacher
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: sad115@msstate.edu

Lakshmi Nannapaneni

Child Care Assistant
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phone: (662) 325-3326
email: ln364@msstate.edu

Shuyu Shen

Child Care Assistant
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phone: (662) 325-3326
email: ss3063@msstate.edu

Andrelyn Smith

Child Development Center Manager
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: asmith@humansci.msstate.edu

Melissa Tenhet

Instructor and Director
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phone: (662)325-3031
email: mtenhet@humansci.msstate.edu