Child Study Center

Diversity/ Special Needs

How is the anti-bias curriculum implemented at the Child Study Center?
(Special Occasions, Birthdays, and More)

The anti-bias curriculum strives to promote equality between all people. The CSC implements this curriculum based on our interpretation of the goals set forth by C. Louise Derman-Sparks, author of the anti-bias curriculum. First, teach children to like themselves for who they are. Second, teach children to respect who others are by understanding their likenesses and differences. Next, teach children to recognize unfairness toward others and realize that it hurts. Lastly, teach children to be advocates against bias directed toward themselves and others.

The CSC incorporates anti-bias curriculum into the program's curriculum. Similarities and differences are discussed and integrated through activities. The Center provides multi-cultural dolls and skin-colored paper and paint. Wall hangings reflect people from a variety of cultures.

Celebrating birthdays is a traditional custom for some families. Families are welcome to bring a birthday treat, beverage, and/or napkins. Families may contact the teacher for appropriate treat ideas.

In accordance with state licensing rules for serving safe and nutritious foods and beverages at the center (470 IAC 3-4. 7-79) (1), “all food items must be from approved food sources only. Food items prepared in a home kitchen cannot be used. Food items must be received at the Center in the original, unopened, and undamaged packaging …Any food preparation or handling, except for necessary transportation, must be in the kitchen only. Children may not assist in the preparation of any foods that are to be consumed by another person.”

To reiterate and support accreditation criteria:

  • Any food coming from home for sharing among children must be either whole fruits or commercially prepared packaged foods in factory-sealed containers.
    NAEYC Accreditation Criteria for Health Standard 5.B.02

How does the Child Study Center meet my child's special needs?
The CSC programs make reasonable adaptations so children with disabilities can fully participate in the indoor and outdoor curriculum and activities. Families are to complete a Children with Special Needs and Special Diets form describing limitations or special needs a child may have. If your child has an IEP (Individual Education Plan) or IFSP (Individual Family Service Plan), please provide a copy to be kept on file at the center to enable the staff to work together on your child's special needs goals. Keeping this information on file coincides with accreditation standards. Also, please request CSC representation at case conferences in order for us to assist in meeting your child’s needs in school.

Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Child Study Center
Ball State University
Muncie , Indiana 47306

Phone: 765-285-1987
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