Television viewing is not part of the Center program. The programs do, on occasion, show children’s videos on appropriate themes or from children’s literature or as part of the Center’s exercise program. These videos are used selectively, not as part of the daily routine. The videos are used to supplement curriculum, not to quiet the children or as a substitute for active play on a bad weather day.
Teachers preview any video that is shown at the Center. Alternate activities are always available during video showings so that children who do not choose to watch the video (or families who do not want their child to watch) may play quietly in the classroom. These alternate activities are supervised by Center staff. Teachers watch the videos with the children, and discuss the content with them as appropriate.
Sometimes, children bring in videos from home that they expect to watch at the Center. This inevitably creates frustration for the child bringing the video, given the policy previously described. Please do not send in videos with your child without first consulting the child’s teacher and giving the teacher a chance to preview the video to see if it fits in with curriculum and program goals.