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The Curry Early Childhood Center is an integral part of the Curry College Community. The Center provides a warm and nurturing educational experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. The Center also offers Curry College students an opportunity for authentic and integrative learning experiences. We reflect the mission of the College to value individual differences while promoting students' cognitive, social, physical and emotional development.

We strive to create the foundation for lifelong learning in children and adults as they become critical thinkers, effective communicators, creative and productive learners, and socially responsible, engaged citizens in our multicultural society. We will accomplish this by:

  • Being a model program of high quality education and care for young children
  • Using best practice in child development to foster the growth and learning of each child
  • Creating a challenging yet nurturing educational environment for students and staff
  • Providing highly trained mentors and supervisors who support college student learning
  • Establishing creative educational partnerships with faculty and college departments, including Education, Nursing and Psychology
  • Fostering adult learning experiences through observation, practica, internships and employment
  • Building positive relationships with and support for families


The philosophy of the Curry Early Childhood Center is to provide a safe, nurturing, and cheerful educational setting where learning takes place everywhere and at all times. The curriculum is based on a child's natural curiosity and desire to learn; through play, practicing skills, and experimenting with materials, children learn about themselves and the world around them. We strive to foster individuality, creativity, and independence and create an environment where children feel free to explore and express themselves. The uniqueness of each family's composition and cultural traditions is valued as we strive to develop a relationship with each family where staff and parents work together to support the development of each child.

More About the CECC

Teaching Practica

The Early Childhood Center serves as a practica site for Curry Education majors. We provide these students the opportunity to complete their Senior Practicum, Junior Pre-Practicum, and filed work in our five classrooms.

Internships

The CECC is an internship site for students across several disciplines. We have provided internship experiences in Health Education and Education Admninistration. Management, Nursing, and Art majors also have intership opportunities at the CECC, doing things like developing a marketing plan or serving as an Artist-in-Residence.

Course Observations

The CECC provides an opportunity for college students to make formal observations of young children. The following courses regularly use the center as part of their course requirements:

  • NSG 2050 - Nursing Therapeutics: Children
  • PSY 1400 - Child Development
  • ED 2230 - Infants and Toddlers
  • ED 2700 - Language and Literacy
  • ED 2161 - Educational Psychology
  • ED 2510 - Guiding Behavior
  • ED 3200 - Administration of Child Care Programs


We also provide guest lectures for 'ED 1150 - Exploring the World of Education' and 'ED 2420 - School, Families and Community.'

Employment

The CECC currently employs thirty college students through both work-study and regular student employment positions. Students who work at the CECC for two years and complete a course in Child Development, graduate with the requirements to become certified by the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care as preschool and/or infant-toddler teachers. 

Families can sign up to attend CECC on a yearly basis for the period starting September 1 and ending August 31. Families must re-apply and pay a deposit for each year. Enrollment in one year does not guarantee enrollment in subsequent years.

On March 1, enrollment forms are distributed to employees of the college and families currently enrolled. These forms and a deposit are due by April 1, after which, open spaces are offered to members of the community based on the date their child was placed on the waiting list.

Employees of Curry College are given priority for enrollment in the following order:

  1. Full-time Faculty and Senior Lecturers
  2. Full-time Staff
  3. Lecturers
  4. Associated Lecturers
  5. Part-time Staff
  6. Students
  7. Grandchildren of Faculty or Staff member

Capacity and Hours

The Early Childhood Center accomodates 55 children: 7 infants, 18 toddlers, and 30 preschool children.  The center is open 51 weeks per year. Infant care is available from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Toddler and Preschool care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Convenience of Location

The Curry Early Childhood Center enjoys a unique situation of having a large external community of parents, teachers, adults, and students working together to provide an enriched environment for children.

The center is located on the Curry College campus and has the benefit of many resources not available to other establishments. Children and staff take many field trips that are within walking distance. They can visit the college's library, post office, bookstore, and cafeteria. The tennis courts, football field, and baseball diamond are perfect sites for outdoor activities.

Another advantage is the availability of Curry College students who work with our children. Student teachers from Curry's Education Department complete practica in our classrooms bringing valuable energy and ideas from these new teachers. Work-study students also enrich our classrooms and help us provide diversity, as well as, individual attention for the children.

History

The Curry College Early Childhood Center was established in the fall of 1981 as part of the Agreement between Curry College and the Curry College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors union (AAUP). Although the center was established and is maintained by contract with the faculty union, non-unit employees at Curry, and community families are invited to join on a space-available basis.

The center began as a parent cooperative and continues to involve parents in many ways. Parents participate in hiring teachers, establishing policies, and reviewing The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations.

The center began with one head teacher and four children. Several more children joined the following spring and the enrollment has grown steadily ever since. In the fall of 2004, the center moved into its new, specially designed facility on the Curry College Campus. Today, the center has five separate classrooms, serving infants, toddlers, and preschool groups.

The center is licensed by:

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Education and Care
1250 Hancock Street, Suite 120
Quincy, MA