The Early Childhood Development Center operates two programs, one on the Saint Mary’s Campus serving children ages three through five and one on the campus of the University of Notre Dame serving children age two through six, including a full day kindergarten program.
Program Description – ECDC at Saint Mary’s College
ECDC’s program on the Saint Mary’s College campus is located in Havican Hall. ECDC-SMC enrolls children ages three through five during the 35 week school year and three through nine during the 9 week summer day camp program. ECDC-SMC is licensed for 90 children in attendance at one time. Historically, approximately 135 children, from 125 families, participate at ECDC-SMC in either full time or part time schedules. The ECDC-SMC program is open to the public.
ECDC-SMC operates the following activity rooms:
3 year old activity room for 20 children
3/4 year old activity room for 20 children
4 year old activity room for 24 children
4/5 year old activity room for 24 children
Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Program Description – ECDC at the University of Notre Dame
ECDC’s program on the University of Notre Dame campus is located on Bulla Road directly across from Fisher O’Hara-Grace Graduate Student Housing. ECDC-ND operates 12 months (49 weeks) of the year with the following programs: School Year, Optional Extended School Year, Summer Day Camp and Optional Extended Summer Program. ECDC-ND enrolls children ages two through six during the school year and children ages two and one half through nine during the summer. ECDC-ND is licensed for 165 children in attendance at one time, in either full time or part time schedules. The ECDC-ND program is not open to the public.
ECDC-ND operates the following activity rooms:
2 year old activity room for 15 children,
3 year old activity room for 18-20 children,
3/4 year old activity room for 20 children,
4 year old activity room for 24 children,
4/5 year old activity room for 24 children and a
Kindergarten Program for 26 children
Hours: 6:30* a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday – Friday
Most children arrive between 7:30 and 8:45m.
Licensing requirements limit a child’s daily attendance to a maximum of 10 hours.
ECDC-SMC and ECDC-ND serve breakfast, a morning snack at 10:00 a.m., lunch at noon and an afternoon snack at 3:00 p.m. Meals and snacks consist of foods that are predominately whole grain, low in fat and sugar, and contain limited preservatives. Fresh fruit is served daily with lunch instead of sweet desserts. juices served with snacks are unsweetened, 100% fruit juices. Breakfast (milk and cold cereal) is served to children arriving by 8:15 a.m.
Enrichment Opportunitiesat both ECDC-ND and ECDC-SMC
Dance/Creative Movement: parents may register children, for a small fee, for a series of Dance Classes/Creative Movement each semester.
Gymnastics: through Gymnasts in Motion, parents may register, for a small fee, for a weekly gymnastics program. This supports gross and fine motor development, balance and agility.
Field Trips: children enrolled in the 4's, 4/5's and kindergarten groups participate in a variety of field trips in the community which support their learning.
Special Visitors: visit the activity rooms to share information and materials regarding topics of interest and topics of study. Special visitors may include storytellers, artists, musicians, writers, parents sharing a hobby or interest, individuals from another country sharing songs, games, traditions, clothing, toys and other aspects of their culture, firefighters, paramedics, police officers.
Speech and Language Screenings: are provided once per year. Speech and Language Therapy provided through South Bend Schools Special Needs and Abilities Preschool Program for children qualifying for speech and language services.
Summer Day Camp Program:: serves children ages 2.5 through 9 and provides a wide variety of recreational activities including nature activities, swimming lessons, storytellers, yoga, gymnastics, soccer and many field trips in the community for children ages 4 and older.
Parenting Seminars: conducted during the evenings including Winning Your Child's Cooperation and Raising Responsible and Respectful Children are available. Parent Teacher Conferences are scheduled two times per year, many other opportunities for family involvement.