The St. Ambrose University Children's Campus (SAUCC) provides a comprehensive early childhood program for children from the ages of 6 weeks to 6-years-old, with or without disabilities, as well as educational experiences and resources for families.
The SAUCC is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
You are encouraged to become actively involved in the many activities at SAUCC. Each year, several events are scheduled to help strengthen the link between home and program. You are welcome to attend these activities.
Visiting the Classroom
You are welcome to visit the program anytime during our operating hours. We ask that you keep your child's best interest in mind. If a child has a difficult time saying good-bye, it may be best to have only one separation in a day. If you prefer not to interrupt the children, please feel free to use the observation windows, complete with sound systems.
Contributing Your Time
We are always looking for interested parents to enhance our programs. If you would like to share your profession, hobby, or talent with us, we would appreciate your contribution of time and expertise. We encourage you to fill out the Family Resource card located in your child's intake folder. We can always use your help!If at any time you have a concern please contact us. We rely on you for feedback and advice.
Our curriculum supports our philosophy and belief that children learn best when they are actively engaged in play. Modeled after the project approach of Katz and Chard, our curriculum engages children in in-depth explorations into different topics or subjects determined by what the children are excited and curious about.
We know as adults we are more motivated to investigate and learn about subjects that are of interest to us. This is why teaching to the child's interests makes a great deal of sense. By engaging children's minds, they are more apt to obtain a deeper understanding of the every day world around them.
In order to capitalize on the children's interests, our teachers begin by observing play, peer and adult interactions, conversations with families, and creative work. In addition, we will frequently ask children, "What do you wonder about?"
Through these engaging activities and in-depth explorations, the young child develops personal/social, language, and physical skills, as well as mathematical skills, scientific skills and creative thinking.
To grow socially, a child needs to interact, play and talk with other children and adults. With adult encouragement and guidance, a child will gain independence and self-discipline and recognition of the value of others.
To develop language skills, a child needs practice listening and speaking, as well as exposure to a wide variety of reading and writing materials.
To develop physically, a child needs opportunities to master small and large motor skills, eat nutritional well-balanced meals and enjoy plenty of sunshine and fresh air.
To develop mathematical thinking skills, a child needs to sort, create patterns, measure, and gain an understanding of numbers.
To grow scientifically, a child needs to observe, investigate, predict, and question the environment around her.
To advance in the arts, a child needs experiences with a variety of art supplies or media; opportunities to sing, listen, and play music; and time to use dance as creative expression.
While the in-depth exploration allows children the opportunity to explore what is of interest to them, learning centers provide plenty of opportunity to:
Work with others
Think and reason
Increase attention span
Explore and foster a love for discovery and learning
Each day the children have ample opportunity to work and play in learning centers. Extended play allows children to truly become engaged in their work and investigations.
Our teachers are skilled and innovative. Lead Preschool Teacher Andromahi (Mahi) Harrison '07 was one of 50 recipients of the 2020 National Child Care Teacher Award. Mahi's natural positivity and unbending belief that children can accomplish anything keeps her classroom of 16 three- to five-year-old children deeply engaged. "My goal is to help them build respect for themselves, respect for each other, and to set goals for themselves," she says.
Harrison is the second Children's Campus teacher to be recognized as one of the top 50 early childhood educators in the U.S. In 2018, Lead Teacher Lynn Lubben was a recipient of the national award. Click here to read more about Mahi.
Children are provided with nutritious meals as directed by the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program.
In the infant room, parents provide their own breastmilk or formula. Baby food is provided.
During mealtime, children eat together "family-style" and pass dishes. As age-appropriate, children pour their own drinks and are encouraged to try new foods.
Healthy snacks are provided twice a day, in the morning and afternoon.