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  • General CDC Questions

    • The lesson plans are based on an emergent, anti-bias curriculum which fall under the Creative Curriculum.  It focuses on the interest and development of the children. We use a variety of resources to meet our needs.

    • This is highly dependent on how many children withdraw at the end of summer to enroll in kindergarten and how many families withdraw for other reasons. On average, we have approximately 25-30 openings each fall.

    • The Texas State University Child Development Center must abide by university policies and procedures, Texas Department of Family and Protective Services child care licensing requirements (TDPRS), accreditation guidelines, Child Care Services (CCS), and the USDA Child Care and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).

    • The CDC offers summer care to school age children up to age 8 if space is available.

    • Tours can be scheduled M-F from 9:00 am to 11:00 am or from 2:30 pm to 4:00 pm by appointment.

  • Admission and Eligibility

  • Lab Students and Research

    • Many colleges and universities with education and human service program provide settings where students learn about and practice teaching, curriculum development, and program management, or gain experience observing children so that they are better prepared for their future professions in related fields such as early childhood teaching, counseling, physical therapy, etc. The CDC is a “lab” setting where Texas State students can observe or gain the kind of “guided apprenticeship” under the supervision of teachers that is necessary in learning to take active roles in their future professions.

    • Lab students can observe classes through our one-way observation booths or they may participate in a classroom. They are escorted at all times and are never left alone with the children. They are required to wear identification items such as name tags and bandanas as an added security measure. In addition, background checks are required for all lab students to complete and must be cleared before entering the CDC.

    • Faculty and students form Texas State can conduct research studies about children’s learning and development, about teacher education practices, and about early childhood program policies and practices at the CDC. All research studies proposed at the center are evaluated by Texas State faculty and CDC administration to ensure that the studies employ appropriate methods, and that the CDC program is not overly disrupted by the implementation of the research. Once a proposed study is evaluated to be appropriate for the CDC, researchers must complete an application to the Institutional Review Board (IRB) to further ensure the procedures protect the rights of Human subjects in research. These visitations are screened, monitored, and supervised to insure that they in no way interfere with classroom activities or offer uncomfortable or unsafe situations to the children. No child will be involved in a research project without parental consent.

    • Yes. Please email Gwynne Hamer (glh77@txstate.edu), our Master Teacher, to set up an interview. We accept interns in the areas of childcare, administration and kitchen support.

  • CDC Employment

    • All of our full time jobs are posted on the Texas State Human Resources website (https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/). If you are a student interested in part time work, you can get an application online directly from our website or in person at the center.

    • For full-time position requirements, please refer to the Texas State Human Resources website (https://jobs.hr.txstate.edu/).

      For Teaching Assistant part time positions, we seek applicants with some experience (paid or voluntary) with young children. We seek those enrolled in a course of study related to child development, education, families, etc. We will consider candidates outside this course of study if they have previous childcare experience. The CDC primarily employs students eligible for work study. We have a few student worker slots designated for those not work-study. All part time staff must be available to work at least 15-20 hours per week with consistent blocks of time available during our hours of operation (7:30 a.m. through 6:00 p.m.).

    • Applicants must be available to work 8-1 or 9-1. Kitchen or nutrition experience is a plus. Applications are always welcome.

  • Miscellaneous Questions

    • Celebrations at the CDC are planned by the parent(s) and the child’s teacher in advance. They are typically held during the afternoon snack time. We require nutritious treats such as yogurt, fruit, granola, veggies and dip, etc. High-sugar foods such as cake, candy, donuts, etc. are not permitted. All celebration foods must be nut free and pre-approved by the Director. Party favors and gifts of any kind are not permitted to be distributed to the children.

      If a birthday is to be celebrated away from school and the entire class is not invited, please mail the invitations. If the entire class is invited, please feel free to bring the invitations to school and place in each child’s mailbox

    • We encourage outside play but children’s safety comes first. At the CDC, we believe it is never too hot or cold to go outside, however, we do limit our outside time when it is extremely cold or hot. If there is ice, precipitation, or lightning, the children will not go outside.

    • All children in attendance must be well enough to participate in both indoor and outdoor activities. In addition, permitting a child to remain indoors separate from the class will impact the teacher/child ratio. Therefore, we cannot have a staff member remain inside to supervise children separated from the class.

    • We do not offer vacation credit or sibling discounts. However, CDC and FCS faculty and staff with children enrolled at the CDC will receive a 20% tuition discount.

    • If the CDC is without power or water for more than 2 hours, parents will be notified via email and phone that their children must be picked up.  If the university closes to do an emergency, the CDC will give parents 30 minutes to pick up their children before closing.