Child Study Center

Program Policies

What type of guidance/discipline is used at the Child Study Center?
The CSC promotes the use of positive discipline with the children. We encourage talking with the children, proposing options, and interactive problem-solving techniques instead of making demands. Children are redirected, creating an emphasis on what they can do instead of what they can’t do. Teachers set clear, age-appropriate limits and implement logical/natural consequences.

As developmentally appropriate, children are responsible for their behavior. For example, if a child is throwing rice from the discovery table, the child is directed to gather the rice to be returned to the discovery table. If a child injures another (child or adult), the child is encouraged to “tend” to the injured person. The child can help with first aid (sometimes a wet paper towel is the perfect remedy!), show remorse (give a pat, hug, words), or merely sit quietly with the person who is hurt.

Our goal is to help children learn to function in society. Helping them learn problem solving techniques is a priority. Conflict resolution is practiced with the children. With the aid of adults, children learn to put concerns and feelings into words/gestures which is an important step in learning how to work with others. 

What Is the Child Study Center illness policy?
You are asked to use your best judgment when sending your child to school. In compliance with NAEYC Accreditation criteria, children with common colds do not need to stay home. “Exclusion is warranted for significant fever within the past 24 hours (101 degrees F., 38 degrees C.); for uncontrolled diarrhea, defined as an increased number of stools compared with the child’s normal pattern and that are not contained by the diaper or toilet use; for vomiting; for contagious illnesses such as mumps; or contagious infestation such as head lice.” If your child develops a contagious disease such as chicken pox, mumps, or measles, notify the director immediately. Other families may be alerted by word of mouth, by posting a notice on the family bulletin boards, and/or providing an email.

American Association of Pediatrics
Center for Disease Control
Department of Family and Consumer Sciences
Child Study Center
Ball State University
Muncie , Indiana 47306

Phone: 765-285-1987
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