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After hours: cultivating young minds

After hours: cultivating young minds

Emma Corry, Staff Writer

October 23, 2018

Every week The Shield will feature a student who is employed by the university. This week, Melanie Hayford talked about her experience working at the USI Children's Learning Center.  Melanie Hayford takes the children from the Children’s Learning Center on walks around campus. They go to t...

Campus bus driver missed, celebrated

Campus bus driver missed, celebrated

Sarah Rogers, Features Editor

September 26, 2017

Christy Gretencord said she felt the heart of the university was missing the first weeks of school. James Putnam, university bus driver, was missing the first three weeks of school due to a car accident injury. The waves and fistbumps he was notorious for were gone, leaving the university feeling empty. “It was the ...

Students lack accessibility to childcare, but push forward

Students lack accessibility to childcare, but push forward

Gabi Wy, Special to The Shield

March 1, 2017

When Mariah Wilhite became pregnant with her son Grayson during her freshman year, others told her to abort her child so she could finish her degree. “They said I wouldn’t be able to graduate and finish school,” the junior social work major said. “They said I wouldn’t be able to live my...

Show to feature children’s art

Show to feature children’s art

Abigail Suddarth, Staff Writer

April 13, 2016

Children wouldn’t be allowed to make art projects with glass or wire in a typical classroom for children ages 2 to 5. But USI’s Children’s Learning Center uses the Reggio Emilia approach to teaching. “We believe that children are able to use the materials in an appropriate fashion,” said J...

Child policy protects “most precious resource”

Gabi Wy

September 8, 2015

As the Children’s Learning Center Manager and a mother Jamie Madigan is “proud of the university for developing child protection policy.” USI’s Child Protection Committee (CPC) developed and recently released the new Child Protection Policy. Madigan said the learning center, which caters...

Students across campus benefit from Learning Center

Rachel Christian

March 18, 2014

Last semester, 200 students were placed in the Children's Learning Center (CLC), USI's on-campus childcare facility. In the fall of 2012, the CLC transitioned to a formal lab school. Instead of functioning as only a daycare, it now operates as a hands-on learning lab for USI education majors. The...

Wait common with Learning Center’s credentials

Rachel Christian

February 22, 2014

A widely advertised service available to students, staff and faculty is the Children's Learning Center, but many people are unaware of how long the waiting list is. The center provides daycare and preschool services for children between the ages of two and five and offers discounts for those with...

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