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Making a Commitment to "The Faces of the Future"
Safe, reliable, and affordable day care is one of our society's most pressing needs. Since 1970, the Early Childhood Education Center at Indiana State University has met that need for the families of ISU faculty, staff, and students as well as members of the local community. In doing so, the center has provided a hands-on program that helps each child grow and develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally in a multicultural environment.
The center provides opportunities for Indiana State University students who are pursuing degrees in early childhood education or other related areas to gain valuable experience by working on various projects directly with the children at the center.
So successful has the center been that it recently was granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. This prestigious recognition is received by only seven percent of early childhood programs nationwide. In addition, the center is one of only 118 accredited centers in Indiana and the only one within a 50-mile radius of Terre Haute.
The ISU Early Childhood Education Center has two programs in different facilities: the Child Care Center in Maehling Terrace, which serves 70 children from the ages of six weeks to six years, and the Preschool located at Franklin Elementary, which serves 60 children ages three to five.
Fees are charged based upon a family's annual income in order to promote accessibility and an environment characterized by ethnic and socio-economic diversity.
The center's fee structure is geared toward accessibility. The difference between the highest and lowest fee rates (which are based on family income) is $75 per week. Over the course of a year this amounts to a $2,400 difference per child. While such a structure does enable a wide range of families to make use of the center, it creates some budgetary challenges for the facility by limiting income.
The Friends of the Early Childhood Education Center is a group of individuals from on and off campus dedicated to providing the resources necessary to enable the center to continue to provide quality child care programs. Among areas the Friends are seeking to address are:
To make a donation to the Friends of the Early Childhood Education Center, print and fill out the Gift Commitment Form. Thank you!