Parkland College Child Development Center
  • Parkland College Child Development Center is a demonstration laboratory school that provides a quality, affordable, individualized program. It is a state-licensed facility which is open to Parkland students, staff, faculty, and community residents.The Child Development Center provides a foundation for learning that includes the total development and education of each child, while recognizing the family as the child's primary teacher and decision maker. The center also offers learning opportunities for Parkland students and others pursuing a career working with children and families. Note: enrollment priority is given to Parkland students.
  • We believe that:
• Every child has a right to a safe, healthy, nurturing environment.
• Children learn through play; therefore, we plan our curriculum with a caring and creative environment.
• Every parent is a valued partner in his or her child’s education, and is welcome at all times.
• The role of the child’s teacher is essential to the development of the child; therefore, the teacher is a highly valued professional.
  • We strive to:
• Encourage each child’s creativity and self-expression
• Foster positive attitudes toward self and others
• Promote language skills and communication abilities
• Stimulate interest in mathematics, sciences, and the arts
• Promote wellness, physical growth, and motor development
• Encourage self-discipline and acceptance of reasonable limits
• Provide families with links to other resources
• Prepare children for kindergarten
• Strengthen home-to-school relationships
  • Our Staff:

Nancy Kemna; Director
Education Master of Education Degree in Early Childhood Administration
Employed at CDC since August 1996
Number of years in early childhood education 19 years


Tara Bailey; Assistant Director
Education Master of Science Degree in Family & Consumer Science
Employed at CDC since July 2003
Number of years in early childhood education 13 years

Nilsa Almenas ; Head Teacher - Room A
Education 98 hours of college credit with coursework in Early Childhood Education
Employed at CDC since December 2004
Number of years in early childhood education 34 years

Chris Gudauskas; Assistant Teacher - Room A

Education Bachelor of Science Degree in Plant & Soil Science

18 hours of college credit in Child Development
Employed at CDC since January 2010
Number of years in early childhood education 6 years

Jennifer Somers; Head Teacher - Room B

Education Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Development
Employed at CDC since July 2004
Number of years in early childhood education 10 years

Rebecca Barber; Assistant Teacher - Room B

Education Associate of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education

Employed at CDC since February 2008

Number of years in early childhood education 7 years

Melinda McBride; Assistant Teacher - Room C
Education Master of Education with Concentration in Elementary Education & Early Childhood Education
Employed at CDC since August 2011
Number of years in early childhood education 23 years

Deb Valentine; Head Teacher - Room D
Education Bachelor of Science Degree in Family & Consumer Science
Employed at CDC since January 1995
Number of years in early childhood education 28 years

Jenifer Cler; Assistant Teacher - Room D

Education Associate of Applied Science Degree in Child Development

Employed at CDC since February 2013

Number of years in early childhood education 6 years

 


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