You know that the teachers at UCCC are amazing at nurturing and caring for your child. What you may not know is that they are constantly working to understand your child’s development and support their learning and growth.

At UCCC, we use a variety of tools to help us understand and share with you how your child is growing and learning. Teachers also use this information to develop curriculum, set individual goals, and plan classroom activities that support the learning needs of each child. You have probably heard your teachers talk about DIAL, DECA, GOLD, and ASQ. Here is a little introduction to each one.

Teachers may share the results of these different tools throughout the year with you at conferences or home visits. If there is ever a concern, teachers will share this information with you and work with you to make a plan for next steps. UCCC also uses aggregate information from the tools to show how we as a school are doing related to the growth and development of the children in our care.

Teachers (as well as Jessica, Rachel, and Faosat) are always happy to talk with you about these screenings and assessments. Please let us know how we can better help you understand your child’s development.

Post by Jessica Sims

University City Children’s Center celebrated Earth Day on April 21. Each classroom was tasked with creating activity combining environmental awareness with subject matters such as math, science, or music. The event featured sing-alongs, garden-themed cooking, recycling activities, and composting.

The composting activity was the culmination of a week-long study and exploration of worms. Classes each got at least one opportunity to learn about, dig for, and hold red wiggler worms. Some classes made their own compost bins with moist newspaper, soil or sand, and of course, worms! The children can add food scraps to see the decomposition process in action and create nutrient-rich compost for UCCC’s garden.  The children have also cultivated a greater appreciation for worms they find outside. They are so excited when they find a worm, handle it gently, and respect its need to return back to the soil. At the Earth Day celebration, one girl that was afraid to even touch a worm at the beginning of the week, courageously held one and exclaimed “I think I’m beginning to love worms!” 

AuthorAleshia Patterson

We were excited to welcome five turtles to the UCCC community and eager to make our students part of their renaming process. (One turtle, Ninja, kept his original name). Each classroom brainstormed a list of names and ultimately submitted one for community voting. Children decorated voting boxes that were displayed in our gallery during the turtle welcome celebration and Literacy Night. All members of our community were invited to vote for their top choice. The four names with the most votes were selected: Fluffy, Icy Hawk, Pinky, and Toodles. The names reflect the imaginations of the young children in our Center and are truly a representation of UCCC.

The process of acquiring our turtles has created rich curricular opportunities for our teachers and students. Voting is a wonderful way to educate our students about the democratic process and to help promote openness and appreciation for the ideas of others. Many classrooms used nonfiction texts to learn about the care of turtles and other fun facts. Fictional titles such as Yertle the TurtleThe Foolish Tortoise, and the Franklin series offered an opportunity to explore how turtles are portrayed in literature. Children also created artistic representations, drew sketches, and recorded observations about the turtles. We look forward to incorporating our new residents into our curriculum many ways.

The turtles have already become a staple in the pick-up and drop-off routines of many of our children. Come visit our new reptilian friends!




AuthorAleshia Patterson