Family Child Care Center>> About the Center
A Tradition of Caring
The Franciscan Family Child Care Center was established to meet the needs of parents and children who live in the community as those employed by the FranciscanHospital for Children.
The Center is located on the Hospital campus with ready access to the Hospital resources as needed.
The Center serves children ages 8 weeks to 6 years, without regard to race, sex, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs or disability.
The program philosophy is educational in nature using play. Children are viewed as individuals and are provided with activities which can be approached from a variety of developmental levels. Creativity is encouraged through open-ended activities and materials. Children are encouraged to think and reason in order to expand their skills and abilities. In a safe, warm, supportive environment, children are able to take risks and experiment with materials.
Social skill development is a major part of the curriculum. Children are given opportunities to participate in-group activities or to play alone. In a group setting, children develop sharing and cooperative play skills. Children learn with adult supervision and intervention, where necessary, to negotiate problems and to solve difficult social situations.
The family is an integral part of the program. Communication with parents is open and consistent. Parents and family members are encouraged to visit the classroom when they are able, provided it does not cause undo stress for the child. Family events and participation are a regular part of the program.
Where appropriate and feasible, children will be involved in the establishment of rules, policies and procedures within the classroom. Preschool aged children, in particular, are able to understand the need for limits and rules in a way in which infants and toddlers can not yet grasp. With this in mind, preschoolers may participate in establishing limits and rules for safe, productive play and use of materials in their environment.