FPG preschoolers celebrated Chinese New Year on Friday, January 27, with a festive parade around the FPG Bypass Building. Chinese New Year began on the first day of the lunar new year which was Monday, January 23, 2012. It is a time when families and friends get together to say good-bye to the old and welcome the new. This year is the Year of the Dragon (1916, 1928, 1940, 1952, 1964, 1976, 1988, 2000, 2012). People born in the Year of the Dragon are lively, intellectual, energetic, and excitable. It is the only sign represented by a mythical animal and is a very auspicious symbol throughout Chinese culture, not just the zodiac.
FPG Child Care Center
In 1966, a pilot child care program was established as a prelude to a large, comprehensive, multidisciplinary research project on the effect of full-day early education, health care, and social services on the lives of disadvantaged children. Graduates from this original cohort of children are now well into adulthood and are still being followed by FPG researchers. Over the years, numerous changes have taken place in FPG's child care program, all with the same purpose: To ensure that services provided by the program are consistent with recommended practices in early childhood. The program exists and operates with four primary missions: services for children and families, research, demonstration, and professional development.
Licensing and Accreditation
The child care program is nationally accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has a 5-star NC child care license, the highest quality rating possible in the state. The program is subject to the licensing regulations established by North Carolina's Division of Child Development for center-based care. The program is also certified by the state as a Developmental Day Program and, thus, contracts with public school districts to provide education and therapeutic services to young children with disabilities.
Services for Children and Families
FPG offers a full-day program and operates year-round from 7:30 am until 5:30 pm. Staff members are committed to using developmentally appropriate practices that promote learning of language, communication, emergent literacy, social, cognitive, play, and creative skills. The program uses practices that build upon each child's individual interests and preferences while assisting them in learning to be members of a diverse group. The program is further committed to being responsive to families' needs and to using practices that are friendly to and supportive of families.
The program supports the research mission of Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Children and families are often participants in research studies conducted by the child care staff, investigators at FPG, and faculty and students of the University. Generally, the research focuses on practices designed to help children learn and develop, on methods for structuring and operating early education and child care programs, and on health issues of young children .
FPG’s program was designed to demonstrate and disseminate information about quality child care and innovative practices related to the early learning and development and inclusive childcare. Many individuals and groups from throughout the University, state, nation, and other countries visit the program each year.
The program assists in the preparation of university students across a variety of disciplines. University students are often placed in the program classes for field experiences; these range from relatively short periods of observation to spending many hours per week in the classes over a period of months. The students come from education, speech-language pathology, physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychology, and other disciplines. The program also serves as a training site for child care administrators and service providers across North Carolina who are interested in enhancing the quality of services in their own programs.
Over 500 visitors spent time in the FPG Child Care Center last year. To arrange a visit, please contact Kathleen Gallagher, Director of Child Care, by phone at 919.966.5098 or by email at email@example.com.