About Child and Family Education

About Child and Family Education

"It takes a whole village to raise a child
Raise her up, Raise him up.
It takes a whole village to raise a child
Growing healthy, Growing whole."
- An African poem

The Child and Family Education Department provides a "whole village" of support for children and families — quality child care, resource and referral services, and early childhood education instruction to staff, students and the community.

Children smiling and playing

Our Mission

  • To support student, family and community needs through child and family services and early childhood instruction.
  • To provide families with information and support to make appropriate choices for their child.
  • To promote and support the development of a quality child care system.
  • To consistently assess and evaluate our services to improve our program and instructional process.

Our Goals

  • Provide developmentally appropriate programs in accordance with standards of the field.
  • Provide excellent diverse experiences for young children to build a solid foundation for learning.
  • Provide student and community families with affordability strategies for services.
  • Provide programs and services that respect family and individual differences.
  • Collaborate with community programs and services, including interagency referrals, to meet children's needs and respect family differences.
  • To hold teacher training programs to the highest standard, based on the most current level of child development theories and best practices in the early care and education field.
  • Employ staff that has the education, experience and professional commitment necessary to meet the needs of children, ECE students and families.

Sustainability Goals

  • Manage resources responsibly and accurately account for their use.
  • Maximize resources through coordination and efficiency of service delivery.
  • Provide leadership in policy decision making through involvement in professional affiliations, community outreach and community activities.
  • Collaborate and partner with key stakeholders and community partners to maximize delivery and quality of services.