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Vucurevich Children's Center

224 E SD Hwy 50
Vermillion, SD 57069

Office Hours
Monday - Friday
7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Quality Care For Your Children

We offer high-quality child care with a rich choice of activities and programming to USD students, faculty and staff and to the Vermillion community. Know your child is in good hands with a facility licensed through the Department of Social Services as well as the state of South Dakota. We offer:

  • A staff/child ratio of 4:1 for infants, 5:1 for toddlers and 10:1 for preschoolers
  • Full-time teachers in each room supported by student employees
  • Secure and locked facility
  • Well-trained teachers certified in CPR and first aid
  • Breakfast, lunch and snacks which can be easily accommodated for children with special dietary needs
  • Research-based curriculum with many opportunities for community involvement
  • Special guests monthly
  • Lesson plans in every room
  • Field trips for preschool during the summer

If you have been told there are currently no vacancies, please complete and return the waitlist form.

Our Programs

We offer programs from six weeks through age five for the children and families of the Vermillion community. Our curriculum has been presented in publications and our team is dedicated to establishing strong partnerships with parents.

Mathilda Geppert Infant Program

We happily accept infants ranging from ages six weeks to 14 months. With a staff-to-child ratio of four to one, the Children's Center is the perfect place for intimate care of your child. The program is run by qualified and experienced teachers who are supported by USD student childcare assistants.

Parents of infants can expect:

  • Staff members trained in current educational practices
  • Monthly lesson plans
  • Creative curriculum which fosters the development of basic trust, language development through use of music and conversation, as well as the promotion of learning through the senses
  • Daily communication sheet of infant's daily routine and activities

We believe that infancy is vital to the growth and development of all human beings, which is why we will strive to excel and go above the expectations to ensure that you, and your child, have an amazing experience while using our services.

Mathilda Geppert Toddler Program

We are pleased to care for your toddler, ranging from ages 12 to 36 months. The toddler program is housed in three classrooms with each classroom being directed by an experienced teacher with the support of USD student child care assistants.

Parents of toddlers can expect:

  • A 5:1 staff-to-child ratio
  • Staff members trained in current educational practices
  • Monthly lesson plans
  • Creative curriculum which encourages toddlers to use all of their senses of discovery to master and integrate skills and language, learn new activities and use new materials, focus on learning through active play and interaction
  • Family-style meals
  • Fenced, outdoor playground designed for toddlers

Special care is placed on modeling social awareness and to acknowledge and respect emotions. At the Vucurevich Children's Center, toddler-aged children learn to make new friends and begin the process of separation.

Matousek Preschool Program

The preschool program is designed to meet the needs of children between the ages of 3 to 5. With a full-time teacher as well as qualified teaching assistants, children will take part in weekly themes. Each day's schedule includes self-selected activities, large and small group activities, learning centers and outdoor time.

Using the services the Vucurevich Children's Center has to offer, parents of preschoolers can expect:

  • 10:1 staff-to-child ratio
  • Staff members familiar with current educational practices
  • Weekly lesson plans promoting play requiring the use of all five senses and a style of play that promotes math, social skills, music, art, outdoor play, character-building and more
  • Parent-teacher conferences twice a year
  • Outdoor playground area designed for preschool-aged children
  • Full-day, full-year and half-day Head Start programming

The preschool program encourages community within each child, developing critical thinking and dialog in the pursuit of knowledge and understanding of the world and each other in the world.

Parent Partnership Program

The Parent Partnership Program is designed to encourage collaboration between parents and guardians and the Children's Center through the following:

  • Regular meetings where child care is provided
  • Goal-setting and program enhancements through family/school parent involvement
  • Communication between parents and center staff
  • Connections to other parents at the center
  • Parent training in conjunction with staff member training
  • Partnership with the Head Start Program to enhance resources offered to parents

Vucurevich Children's Center Curriculum

The Vucurevich Children's Center follows the guidelines presented in the publications:

  • The Creative Curriculum
  • The Creative Curriculum for Preschoolers
  • Second Step Social Emotional Curriculum for Preschoolers
  • The Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers
  • The SD Early Learning Guidelines

Examples of the curriculum focused in these references are available to you at any time.

At the Vucurevich Children's Center, we believe:

  • Young children learn through active play. Play is the most complete of all educational processes and is the work of childhood. Play is the means by which children learn, explore and understand the world, all while experiencing great pleasure.
  • Concepts are developed, along with background information, as teachers plan activities to capitalize on children's innate curiosity and interest.
  • In an environment of play, children begin to take their first steps in the mental operation of symbolic thought. Children will test new ideas and practice new skills.
  • Concrete, hands-on manipulation of objects is the best way for children to learn about their environment and their relationship with the everyday world.
  • Young children learn through their senses. Through opportunities to touch, taste, hear and see, children can explore and understand their world.
  • Young children learn through talking with other children. Through language, children attend to aspects of the experience, reflect on them and express them in some way.
  • Children depend on routine for comfort and predictability in the passage of their day. When young children feel secure, they can then gain independence and self-confidence within their environment.

Rates & Fees

One of the most convenient features we offer is that we tailor our services around your schedule. You only pay for the hours you contract for and you choose the days and times (Monday - Friday) when your child is at the Vucurevich Children's Center.

We accept state child care assistance. Learn how to apply. Please note: rates and fees are subject to change.

Parent Resources

Please review our Parent Handbook for the latest information about our program and services.  If you've been told there are currently no vacancies, please complete and return the wait list form.
two USD Students playing with preschool students

Student & Volunteering Opportunities

Volunteering is a big part of the Vucurevich Children's Center. We frequently have student groups and organizations volunteer their time. Some volunteer responsibilities may include community service projects, completing projects for teachers, general cleaning duties, donating available materials and working in the garden.
 
If you are a student and are in need of completing classroom projects, service hours or group project hours, the Vucurevich Children's Center is always looking for good help. If you feel like you may be interested in volunteering or student service, contact us at 605-677-6880 or at childcare@usd.edu.