Our mission is to provide high-quality early childhood education programs for the children of EMU students, faculty, staff and surrounding communities. We participate in preparing EMU students to be early childhood education teachers.
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The Children's Institute provides high-quality care and education for children 18 months through 6 years. A full day program is available for toddlers, and full and half day programs are available for preschoolers. Flights of Imagination, the summer program at the Children's Institute, offers exciting and varied programs for children entering kindergarten through first grade.
At the Children's Institute we believe that the child defines the curriculum and that children learn best through play. We follow the guidelines of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which suggest that Developmentally Appropriate Practices are those that provide opportunities and activities for children related to their individual interests and levels of development and ability.
The Children's Institute uses the Creative Curriculum, which supports the development of children through cognitive, language, social, emotional, creative, physical and aesthetic activities. Active exploration of the environment through child-initiated experiences comprises the majority of each child's time at the Institute. Teachers provide opportunities for individual, small group, and large group experiences to enhance the child's own choices, and direct their own learning throughout the day. For more information on Creative Curriculum, visit the Teaching Strategies website.
Licensing inspection and special investigation reports from at least the past two years are available on the State of Michigan Child Care Licensing Bureau website.