The Associated Students Child Development Lab (ASCDL) philosophy is based on a respect for the uniqueness of each individual child, their family and culture. Children come to the program from varying backgrounds and bring with them their own family values, cultures and language. They also come with unique personalities and temperaments and are at varying levels of development and maturation. In partnership, staff, students, faculty and families create a safe, nurturing environment. This supports the California Desired Results, that states children will be personally and socially competent; effective learners; demonstrate physical and motor competence; and be safe & healthy.
The ASCDL believes in forming relationships and learning how your child discovers the world. This learning informs how staff and students plan, organize and teach your child. Children’s learning is a complex process that results from the interaction of a child’s own thinking and their experiences in the external world. Children “learn by doing”. Infants and Toddlers learn primarily through their senses such as tasting, physical exploration and grasping. Preschoolers learn by interacting with materials and people. As children develop, they acquire new skills that facilitate the learning process. Children construct their knowledge through their interactions with the social, as well as physical world. The teacher’s role is to intentionally create, organize, and sustain classroom environments and opportunities that support children’s learning.
The ASCDL uses the evidence-based Creative Curriculum model that supports children’s inquiries, experiences and opportunities to learn. This learning occurs through a variety of modalities (visual, auditory, sensory, etc.). The Lab offers children teacher-planned and child-initiated opportunities to learn. Using the Creative Curriculum, the environment is divided into interest areas. Each area is designed to support a learning focus. Planning for children’s learning is based upon teacher’s observations and reflections on the interests, individual needs and developing skills of the children. Children’s learning and development are assessed using the California Department of Education, Child Development Division, Desired Results Developmental Profiles. The curriculum supports the state of California’s Learning Foundations which include: social/emotional development; language & literacy; math; science; visual and performing arts; physical development and health; social studies; and English language development.
The Associated Students Child Development Lab is operated on a non-discriminatory basis, according equal treatment and access to services without regard to race, color, gender, religion, national origin, or ancestry. Child Development services provided by the Associated Students Child Development Lab do not include religious instruction or worship.