The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Children's Center opened August 2009. It is located on the eastern side of City Campus at 2225 "W" Street and provides care year round. The Children's Center serves faculty, staff, students and the community of Lincoln. Full-time care is provided for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years of age. The Center opens daily at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 6:00 p.m. The rates vary for students, faculty staff and the community.
Creative Curriculum is used to plan and assess for a developmental education for the children. The curriculum starts in the infant room and continues throughout the preschool program. The interests of the children are used for the planning of activities in the classroom. Children learn better if they are directly involved in the choices they have in the classroom. The Children’s Center is staffed, room by room, with a Lead Teacher and an Assistant Teacher. The Lead Teacher has a Bachelors or Masters in Education with a major in Early Childhood Education or a very closely related field. The Assistant Teacher has an Associates in Early Childhood or Bachelors in Early Childhood or a very closely related field. The two work as a team to provide a developmentally appropriate classroom for play with a purpose. The classroom is staffed so there is either an Assistant Teacher or Lead Teacher in the room from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. They are the primary person for parents to communicate with. Student staffs are employed to work with these teachers. They have varying skills and are trained on the procedures of the Children’s Center. They are scheduled in blocks of at least 3 hours on a Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday schedule. Schedules are done on a semester basis for students.
It is the teacher’s job to plan activities to engage the minds of their children in daily activities. Children are seen as an individual when they take their journey of learning. The teachers use observations to access the child’s abilities. They then seek to move the child further in their cognitive, social, emotional and physical development. Children learn with hands on activities that have been purposely planned out.
Outside time is a key element of our curriculum. Children will go outside each day. Therefore they need to have the appropriate clothing to wear. If the weather is not the best we will limit our time outside, but we will still go out. The fresh air and physical movement are very important for children.
The Children’s Center is a very diverse community. Children from many different countries come together to learn. It is the goal of the center to educate children about the wonderful aspects each of them has to offer. It is also our goal to teach a child to respect others and themselves. We encourage children to share about their family traditions and cultures.
The center is separated into three families. Each family has an infant, toddler, and preschool room. Children stay in their family as they move up in the center. The teachers in the families work together as a team to have smooth transitions from room to room. Children will visit the other rooms in the family and the teachers will also visit the other classrooms.
If you are interested in more information about the center please contact Callie Wilhite, Director or Jenny Fleming, Assistant Director to schedule a tour at (402) 472-2009. If you are interested in getting on the waiting list please see our waiting form.