John T. Vucurevich Children's Center

Mathilda Geppert Infant Program

The Children's Center Infant program serves 10 infants through the age of 14 months. The program is run by a qualified and experienced teacher who is assisted by USD student childcare assistants. The infants attending the Center are cared for by a well-trained staff at ratios well within the state guidelines.

Using the Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers the Children's Center Infant program has been carefully designed to foster the development of basic trust in an atmosphere of unconditional love. Caregivers identify each infant's needs, creating flexible routines to reinforce the natural rhythmic patterns of the child's day. We honor parent's choices and work hard to mirror preferences already established at home. Every day when you bring your infant, you will be asked to fill out a "Daily Information Sheet." This sheet will be returned to you at the end of the day with a record of the days' activities. This is completed to ensure the continuity of care between home and the Center.

Learning, leading to independence, will occur when infants participate in daily routines. This learning is affected by the quality of communication between caregiver and infant. The Center staff is aware of the importance of the spoken word and the value of repetitive vocabulary in the development of language.

Infants learn most through their senses. The Children's Center provides a large variety of materials for infants to look at, experience and explore. Equipment and books are chosen to meet the developmental needs of infants through the different stages of infancy. The Children's Center also has a large variety of books available so the infants can be read to throughout the day.