- About UCLC
- Teaching Approach
- Center Licensure
- Safety & Security
- Parent Advisory Board
- Holiday Philosophy
- Bright & Early ND
- "Family-style" Learning
- Red Family
- Yellow Family
- Blue Family
- Green Family
- Purple Family
- Children's Work
Heather Degeldere, Yellow Family Teacher
B.S. Early Childhood Education
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
Julie Kinneberg, Yellow Family Teacher
A.A., Occupational Therapy, Child Development Associate Credential Pursuing a B.S. in Early Childhood Education
UCLC Teacher since 2017
I believe that each child is a unique individual who needs a secure, caring, and stimulating atmosphere in which to grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially. It is my desire as a educator to help students meet their fullest potential in these areas by providing an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and invites a sharing of ideas. There are three elements that I believe are conducive to establishing such an environment, (1) the teacher acting as a guide, (2) allowing the child's natural curiosity to direct his/her learning, and (3) promoting respect for all things and all people.
Our children are learning like they do in a “classroom,” but they are part of a family that learns together.
Children joining a Preschool Family 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.
The Yellow Family encourages independence by allowing the children to take on tasks at their own pace.