The Center employs teachers who are trained and experienced in early childhood education and child development. Training for the staff is ongoing and focuses on teaching techniques that help to enhance early development of children on a variety of levels. Teachers in the program are continually refining their skills and techniques through graduate work, in-service programs, and conferences in the field of early childhood education. Teaching assistants and aides are under direct supervision of the certified staff and also participate in continuing education programs.
There are two full-time staff teachers assigned to each classroom and whose primary responsibility is working with that group of children. Occasionally teachers will substitute in other classrooms as staffing needs require. Toward the end of the Center’s school year, as part of the transition plan, teachers will visit in classrooms where children they will have next year attend and children will have the opportunity to visit classrooms where that they will be moving into in the coming year.
The program is staffed to minimize the number of transitions experienced by an individual child during the day and the year, to the best of our ability. As part of the Department of Early Childhood at Plymouth State University, students, both paid Student Classroom aides and early childhood students completing practicums and assignments at the Center, are part of the daily staffing schedule. Students are assigned to a Monday, Wednesday, Friday or Tuesday, Thursday schedule with the same timeslots and the same group of children. Students are assigned to the maximum time their schedules will allow to reduce the number of transitions and to allow them to build meaningful relationships with the children.
Student Classroom Aides employed by the university assist with routine tasks at the Center as assigned by the classroom teachers and director. Student employees are always supervised by Center teaching staff.
Student employees, practicum students, and regular teaching staff are all required by state licensing regulations to undergo criminal record checks before working at the Center.