Program Overview

A full day, developmentally appropriate, hands-on early education program is available for children of FIU students, staff, faculty, alumni, and the neighboring community. The program serves children who have achieved bathroom independence between the ages of 2 through 5 years old, Monday through Friday.

A Kindergarten and Voluntary Preschool Kindergarten program are available within the hours of the full day program.

Curriculum

Children are viewed as individuals, and each child is encouraged to develop emotionally and academically at their own rate of growth, working towards their maximum potential in an environment designed to foster nonviolence and diversity. The staff observes each child's developmental needs and level of interest. Working towards their maximum potential, the children are nurtured by being exposed to many content areas such as: art, music, action songs, finger plays, puppetry, movement, science, dramatic play, indoor/outdoor play, writing process, language, emergent literacy, math process and developmental tasks.

Pre-printed materials, workbooks and other forms of programmed instruction are not considered developmentally appropriate and are not used at the Center. Emergent Literacy, writing and computation skills are part of the learning process and are not drilled. Children are presented with numerous opportunities to become caring lifelong learners.

Sample Classroom Daily Schedule

Schedules vary slightly by class

Time Activity Content
7:45 – 8:30 Family Play
8:30 – 8:45 Transition to Classroom
8:45 – 9 Getting Together
Forming Community, Calendar,
9 – 9:30 Finger plays, Action Songs,

Social/Emotional Language Development

9:30 – 10 Bathroom, Morning Snack, Story Telling
10 – 11 Art Experience, Independent Play,
Developmental Tasks
11 – 12 Music, Movement, Science,
Outside Play
12 – 12:30 Lunch
12:30 – 12:45 Clean-up
12:45 – 1 Rest time set-up, Bathroom, & Books
1 – 3 Rest & Relax
3 – 3:30 Bathroom, Afternoon Snack
3:30 – 5 Afternoon Activities
Outside Play
5 – 6 Playtime

Teacher-Child Ratio

Appropriate group sizes and ratios of teaching staff to children are maintained as per Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) Accreditation Standards.

Teacher-child ratios:

  • Toddlers (2-year-olds) = 1:04
  • Preschool (2.5- to 3-year-olds) = 1:06
  • Pre-Kindergarten (4-year-olds) = 1:08
  • Kindergarten (5-year-olds) = 1:10

Classroom Staff

Classrooms are made up of both teachers and support staff.

Teachers

  • Professionals holding either Bachelor or Masters Degrees in Early Childhood or Elementary Education with a specialty in Early Childhood
  • Florida Department of Children and Families Director's Credential Certificate held by several teachers
  • Valid State of Florida Teaching Certificate held by several teachers
  • Teaching staff combined has 75 years of tenure at the Center
  • Completed Florida Department of Children and Families 45-hour training certification, Certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Fire Extinguisher training
  • Several teachers have served on a SACS AdvancED Quality Assurance Review Team as well as presented at local and national conferences

Support Staff

  • Employed by the Children's Center
  • Teacher Aides are often FIU students majoring in Child Development, Early Childhood/Elementary Education, and other related fields or hold a Bachelor degree
  • Completed or working towards Florida Department of Children and Families 45-hour training certification
  • Hold Certifications in CPR, First Aid, and Fire Extinguisher training
  • Offer support to the teachers and children throughout the day
  • As the teaching staff work cycle ends each day, teacher aides assume responsibility for children

Parent Involvement

Research has shown children do best when there is a connection between home and school. Children feel proud when parents show interest in their school and gives the child a sense of belonging. Parents at CCLC at FIU have the opportunity to be active in the following areas:

  • Advisory Board
  • Annual Program Evaluation
  • Classroom Observation Room
  • Classroom Visits
  • Classroom Participation
  • Share talents with children
  • Parent/Child Activities
  • Parent Family Meetings
  • Parent Workshops
  • Family Socials
  • Referrals
  • Parent Resource Room
  • Center Lending Library
  • Computer access

Parent Classroom Involvement

  • Classroom Observation - MANDATORY Parent Involvement
    • Parents (father/mother, or both, legal guardian) mandatory classroom observation
    • Two visits per year minimum
    • 2 hours per visit
  • Classroom Participation
    • After initial adjustment period
    • Always welcome
    • Join child in classroom activities
    • Arrangements made with teacher

Parent Advisory Committee (PAC)

The Parent Advisory Committee is comprised of parents of currently enrolled children and is representative of various groups served, including students, staff, faculty and community. The PAC was established to advise the CCLC at FIU director, staff and the CCLC Board of Directors on policies procedures and program issues from the parent's perspective. Keep an eye out during the Fall semester for your invitation to apply or nominate

Board of Directors

The Board of Directors is charged with oversight of policies and provide operational guidance.

The Board is comprised of representatives from FIU, community professionals active in the field of education and PAC representative.

Contact

Children's Creative Learning Center
11200 SW 8th St.
Miami, FL 33199

305-348-2143
Fax 305-348-1830

cclcfiu@fiu.edu

Hours of Operation

Main Building

  • Classroom
    Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 6 pm
  • Drop Off
    Monday – Friday: 7:45 am – 9 am
  • Pick Up
    Monday – Friday: 3:30 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Office
    Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5 pm

Toddlers-GC

  • Classroom
    Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
  • Drop Off
    Monday – Friday: 8:30 am – 10 am
  • Pick Up
    Monday – Friday: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Pick Up (on occasion)
    Monday – Friday: 12 am – 12:30 pm