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Florissant Valley Child Development Laboratory Center Celebrates ‘Week of the Young Child’

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Family and community members are invited to learn, explore and play with youth.

The Child Development Laboratory Center, located at St. Louis Community College at Florissant Valley, invites everyone to celebrate young children and those who impact their lives April 17 – 20 as part of “Week of the Young Child.”™

Sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, which is known as the national voice of the early childhood community, Week of the Young Child is celebrated across the nation in fun, interactive ways.

The center will have a different celebration each day. The public is invited to participate from 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. at STLCC – Florissant Valley – located at 3400 Pershall Road – the only campus within STLCC with a child development laboratory center.

Tasty Tuesday | April 17
Each class will prepare different meals, for example preschoolers will make tacos. Cooking together connects math with literacy skills and science.

Work Together Wednesday | April 18
Children and staff will work together to clean the playground and make trail mix to raise money for St. Louis Area Diaper Bank. The organization ensures access to an adequate supply of diapers to low-income families in the St. Louis region. When children work together to affect the environment and the community, they explore math and science concepts and develop social and early literacy skills.

Artsy Thursday | April 19
Children will work with a variety of textured materials, chalk and crayons to create a mural. Children develop creativity, social and fine motor skills with open-ended art activities when they can make choices and use their imaginations.

Family Friday | April 20
CDLC families will donate diapers and wipes to the Diaper Bank and buy children’s art to raise additional money for the cause. Families will also bring in a family picture to add to the community collage.

Renee Mayse, director of Child Development Laboratory Center, said people really need to focus on this age group and consider spending more money at this end so they spend less at the other end.

“These are the most formative years, and in our society today there’s just so much happening. If we can make a difference for children at this age, I think they are going to grow up to be more respectful, inclusive, compassionate people and the world will be better place.”

Child Development Laboratory Center offers a dually-accredited lab school. It provides students who major in early care and education, or other related curricula areas, an opportunity to apply classroom knowledge to the real world. The center provides developmentally-appropriate child care services to children ages 6 weeks through 6 years.

Mayse said the award-winning center may be one of only a few lab schools in the area. “It’s an incredible place because of the teachers we have here. We don’t use a boxed curriculum. The teachers observe the children, take anecdotal notes and set goals for kids. From those goals they plan their curriculum and their environment,” she said.

The center was recognized by National Coalition for Campus Children’s Centers as its 2018 Program of the Year for its exceptional programs and service in early childhood education at their annual conference in March.
For more information, please contact Renee Mayse, director of Child Development Laboratory Center at STLCC – Florissant Valley, at rmmayse@stlcc.edu or 314-513-4574.


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Emerson Saitz and Glorie Williams, sandbox CAPTION From left to right: Emerson Saitz and Glorie Williams, both 22 months at the time of the picture, work together to fill a flowerpot. Both children are now 3 years old.