- About UCLC
- Teaching Approach
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- "Family-style" Learning
- Red Family
- Yellow Family
- Blue Family
- Green Family
- Purple Family
- Children's Work
Our children are learning like they do in a “classroom,” but they are part of a family that learns together.
The Red Family has children ages 18 months to approximately 3 years old. They transition from the Red Family to a Preschool Family when they are developmentally ready to be in a preschool classroom (teachers and parents make this determination together) and there is space available in a preschool classroom. Your tuition changes from the Toddler Rate to the Preschool Rate on your child's 3rd birthday regardless of what classroom they are enrolled in.
Once the child transitions to a Preschool Family (Yellow, Blue, Green, or Purple), they remain in this family with a consistent group of children and teachers. This allows each child to develop a sense of community and belonging as they learn how to get along with one another, and creating a sense of safety and security.
Choose from the following links to learn more about each color family's classroom and teachers:
It is a privilege for us to educate your children. Each of our teachers develop their own purpose statement that captures what they value most in their role as an early childhood educator.
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to work in collaboration with parents to provide our children with loving, safe, and respectful care in a classroom setting that encourages exploration, learning and creativity in a natural play-based environment. – Theresa
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to be a consistent, stable, nurturing, and responsive practitioner. I foster positive relationships, encourage exploration, and ensure safety while still allowing children to take some appropriate risks. I am a quiet observer. I delight in the wonder in a child’s eye as they discover something profound or learn something new. I truly have the greatest job on Earth! – Heather
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to partner with families to facilitate the growth and development of each child by:
- Providing each child with a loving, safe and secure educational environment where they can explore and experiment with a variety of materials.
- Providing opportunities for children to participate in solitary, parallel, and cooperative play, which promotes the development of social and emotional skills – which is the key to a successful educational career. – Gwen
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to inspire life-long learners, provide opportunities for growth, and support families. – Tara
A smile on a child’s face
Love of learning in this place
Friends and family around
Like a seed placed in the ground
Needs water, air, and sun
I’m not the only one
That inspires their little heart
This place is just a start
My purpose as an educator is to provide a safe and educational setting that allows children the opportunity to explore, develop self-reliance, foster bonds with peers, and have the building blocks for academic success. – Amy
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to inspire, teach, and guide young children. My goal is to help them grow to be successful in their futures. I strive to provide them with diverse opportunities to learn as well as support them in areas of growth. My purpose as an early childhood supervisor is to guide and challenge college level students to be the best educators they can be. I also believe that I am here at University Children’s Learning Center to serve my coworkers, my students, and the families. – Kayla
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to provide quality education and care to children and build strong teacher-parent relationships. I strive to provide a safe and comfortable environment for the children and nurture an open line of communication between myself and the children’s parents.
In my position I feel I should be a mentor in order to guide and give support to new teachers, student teachers, and student workers who enter my classroom.
In order to fulfill all the goals I set out, it is my understanding and desire to cultivate a positive work relationship with the other teachers, student workers, and administration. – Tina
My purpose as an early childhood educator is to provide a safe and educational classroom environment. I believe in giving children the tools to learn through their exploration and play. I like to ask a lot of open-ended questions in order to get the children really thinking about the world around them. I strive to work along with other teachers, and families, to provide quality care for all children, and to invoke a life-long love of learning! – Tasha