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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.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 B: Grand Valley is diverse and inclusive.

Objective 2.B.1

CEC Lead Teachers and Director will complete 15 hours or more of professional development (e.g., child development, health, safety, nutrition, family and community engagement, management, teaching and learning, observation, documentation and assessment, professionalism, and intercultural knowledge) for licensing.

Baseline

Annual requirement is measured from February to January.

Progress

2019 Status
Achieved
Lead Teachers and Director completed 15 hours or more of professional development to maintain licensing.

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
Staff are required to do training through Miregistry.

Objective 2.B.2

CEC Lead teachers and Director will annually participate in two or more professional developments by the Division of Inclusion and Equity.

Baseline

None.

Progress

2020 Status
Not Yet Initiated
New objective.

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

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

2018 Status
Achieved
We are continuing to partner with departments on campus and continue to reach out to find other departments on campus to partner with.

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.

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 train staff through the Texas A & M training institute each year for 3 hours on cultural diversity. Staff will are also required health and safety training through MiRegistry which is 8 hours total.

Baseline

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

Progress

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

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
This will be a continuing training for staff each year and then new staff are required to do the Miregistry training when hired on.

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

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

2018 Status
Minimal Progress
We are working to find ways to find partners off campus to work with.

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 Division of Student Services 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

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 meet the needs and demands of the Grand Valley child care needs by pursuing more building space.

Baseline

We will base our demand off of our wait list and calls that we receive for infant care.

Progress

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

2018 Status
Substantive Progress
We are continuing to work with our task force and partnering with the Family Friendliness Committee to document their findings from identify student parents on campus that need care for their child.

Objective 4.E.2

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

Baseline

Student employees are 100% non-work-study.

Progress

2020 Status
Not Yet Initiated
New objective.

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