During the Week of the Young Child this week, the Dubuque Campaign for Grade-Level Reading is highlighting a few local partners doing their part to provide quality early childhood education and care to the young people in our community. The Marge Kremer Little Spartans Childcare Center at the University of Dubuque is one of those partners taking extra time this week to celebrate our young children.
“I think the importance of early childhood education often gets overlooked,” said Angela Schrodt, childcare director. “The Week of the Young Child is so important to draw attention to this early stage of learning, and also to recognize those who are teaching these children and preparing them for kindergarten.”
Their five classrooms have been busy all week with activities matching the themes for Week of the Young Child. On Music Monday, children made maracas, tambourines and guitars. On Tasty Tuesday, little chefs created parfaits of fresh fruit, yogurt and granola. They also participated in making fruit and food collages. On Work Together Wednesday, teachers encouraged teamwork through art projects including a class rainbow, a class ABC book and a class tree. On Artsy Thursday, students will be decorating campus with chalk drawings. Lastly, Family Friday will feature family portraits and family trees.
The childcare center features five classrooms serving around 50 young children ages birth through four years old every day. The center has a five-star QRS rating and being located on campus has provided the center with added benefits like seeing shows at the Heritage Center, cooking projects, and being able to utilize the football field, library and the quad.
“We know we have a quality program in our center, which is why we continue to participate in the Quality Rating System,” said Schrodt. “We strive to hire staff with a lot of experience with a four-year degree. We know how important it is for the children in our center and we are proud to have that five-star rating.”
To learn more about the Marge Kremer Little Spartans Childcare Center, visit http://www.dbq.edu/AboutUD/ChildcareCenter/.
To learn more about the Week of the Young Child, visit http://www.naeyc.org/woyc.