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Strategic Plan for Children's Enrichment Center

Context For Planning

Children’s Enrichment Center strives to create an environment that is dedicated to early learning & care for all young children and families. We provide an educational experience that is developmentally appropriate, based on proven research and best practices. An essential part of our program development is to support the child and family in a holistic manner. Therefore, we support advocacy, family health & development and academic enrichment. We ensure that qualified professionals guide our classrooms; supporting children in the area of social emotional development, school readiness and healthy lifestyle choices that will encourage life-long learning. The framework of our program philosophy is grounded in our values that include family involvement, character building, education and the development of community. We believe that if we foster and environment that enables our families to be empowered, accepted and secure; we will develop a community of engaged learners excited about success.

Mission

To educate and nurture habits of intellectual growth, curiosity, and a love for learning in children, families, and students.

Vision

We aspire to empower children to be independent learners through a holistic education that supports emotional, social, and academic growth.

Value Statement

Strategic Priorities, outcomes, and key objectives

Strategic Priority Area 1: Actively engage learners at all levels.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 1.A.1

The CEC lead staff will exceed the job requirements for the lead teacher position by pursuing and completing furthering education.

Progress

2020 Status
Substantive Progress
2 Lead Teachers have Master Degree in Instruction and Curriculum- Early Childhood, 1 Lead Teacher has CDA and is working towards Bachelor Degree

2019 Status
Achieved
Original Lead Teachers (n=3) earned a Master's in Education.

Objective 1.A.2

The CEC will provide high-impact, nature-based experiential learning.

Baseline

Children participate in teacher-led nature experiences on-campus and off-campus.

Progress

2020 Status
Minimal Progress
Children currently engage in nature-based learning. The CEC is working towards expanding children's experiences in nature.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 1.C.2

Expand partnerships with on-campus and off-campus stakeholders to actively engage children in community civic participation.

Baseline

Children receive hands-on opportunities to learn about the community and their involvement in civic duties.

Progress

2020 Status
Minimal Progress
New objective.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 1.D.1

Lead Teachers will maximize program capabilities of Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold by attending training and implementing learned methods.

Baseline

Teachers use Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold to increase comprehension and retention of age-appropriate education.

Progress

2020 Status
Minimal Progress
New objective.

Strategic Priority Area 2: Further develop exceptional personnel.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 2.C.1

The CEC will become a learning lab for the university by increasing partnerships with university programs and departments.

Baseline

In the past we partnered with Psychology 101 course, school of education master's program, movement science and music department.

Progress

2020 Status
Substantial Progress
CEC has continued to foster and increase campus partnerships depsite Covid-19 and the lack of ability to connect physically.

2019 Status
Substantive Progress
The CEC has maintained positive relationships and partnerships with University stakeholders.

Outcome D: Grand Valley supports innovative teaching, learning, integrative scholarly and creative activity, and the use of new technologies.

Objective 2.D.1

The CEC will provide development opportunities that support child development and parenting that are available to the community and GVSU students, faculty and staff.

Baseline

None.

Progress

2020 Status
Minimal Progress
CEC Director is working with Great Start to Quality, local programs, and other organizations to offer educational resources and classes to support increased learning of child development and parenting education.

Strategic Priority Area 3: Ensure the alignment of institutional structures and functions.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 3.A.1

The CEC will require staff training through MiRegistry each year for 3 hours on cultural diversity.

Baseline

Staff started with 1.5 hours of training in diversity and inclusion from winter 2018 semester.

Progress

2020 Status
Substantive Progress
Staff are required to comlete 3 hours of cultural diversity training annually through MiRegistry.

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
Lead Teachers and Director completed health and safety trainings through MiRegistry. Staff did not participate in Texas A&M trainings.

Outcome C: Grand Valley has mutually beneficial relationships, partnerships, collaborations, and connections with local, state, national, and world communities.

Objective 3.C.1

The CEC will collaborate with off campus partners to gain support for resources that enhance student success

Baseline

Staff engage in the process of planning and organizing future learning opportunities for the children.

Progress

2020 Status
Substantive Progress
CEC was able to continue to partner with some on and off campus partners despite Covid-19 limiting ability to physically connect.

2019 Status
Achieved
The CEC partnered with off-campus stakeholders such as Spectrum Hospital Renucci Hospitality House and Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation.

Objective 3.C.2

The CEC will be a learning-lab for institutional departments: provide observation and participation opportunities to University students.

Baseline

PSY 101, COE Master's, MOV, and MUS students observe and engage with children.

Progress

2020 Status
Minimal Progress
New objective.

Strategic Priority Area 4: Enhance the institution's image and reputation.

Outcome A: Grand Valley's learning environment is personal, challenging, and transformational, supporting excellent academic programs and co-curricular opportunities.

Objective 4.A.1

The Children's Enrichment Center will develop staff members with the competency to create inclusive environments that lead to student success.

Baseline

Student staff will have the experience to learn from lead staff and to lead the preschool classrooms on how to have an inclusive classroom environment.

Progress

2020 Status
Substantive Progress
Increasing amount of training and workshops offered anually

2019 Status
Minimal Progress
CEC staff attended divisional developments and will be seeking further professional developments provided by the University.

Objective 4.A.2

80% of children will meet or exceed age-appropriate educational milestones as assessed by Gold+ Assessment.

Baseline

75% of preschool children currently meet age-appropriate educational milestones as assessed by Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment.

Progress

2020 Status
Not Yet Initiated
New objective.

Outcome E: Grand Valley strategically allocates its fiscal, human, and other institutional resources.

Objective 4.E.1

CEC will support the childcare needs and demands of Grand Valley State University by pursuing more and updated building space.

Baseline

Need will be based upon current wait lists and interest for Infant/ Toddler Care demonstrated by our community and current enrolled families.

Progress

2020 Status
Minimal Progress
Enrollment numbers have been impacted by Covid-19, families working remotely and not needing as much care.

2019 Status
Not Yet Initiated
The CEC has not received approval for a new facility.

Objective 4.E.2

The CEC will employ 50% work-study student employees.

Baseline

Student employees are 100% non-work-study.

Progress

2021 Status
Minimal Progress
Fall/ Winter 2020 semester CEC employed 4 total work study students. Aproximately 20% of staff.

2020 Status
Not Yet Initiated
New objective.

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