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Child Development Center

The Thurston High School Child Development Center is located at 333 58th Street on Thurston High School’s main campus and continues to be an outstanding facet of the THS Child Development Program. The THS CDC Preschool program accepts children between the ages of three years and five years. The THS CDC meets established health, fire, safety, and sanitation standards. Nutritious meals are included. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. 

As part of the THS educational program, the center provides a lab site for high school students enrolled in the Child Development Program, as well as a work experience site for high school students. The high school student has the opportunity to work and learn on a practical level the principles taught in the child development classes. High school students work under the direct supervision of the professional staff in the child development center. Students enrich the program with their warmth and enthusiasm and provide an excellent adult-child ratio, which ensures individual attention for each child.

The program consists of curriculum and activities that are planned to provide positive learning experiences appropriate to the individual developmental needs of young children and allows for individual and group activities. It provides a balance of active and quiet activities daily, including indoor and outdoor experiences in which children can use their large and small muscles. Lots of time and opportunity for free choice activities is given, including: science, art experiences, academics, dramatic play, music and movement, circle time, puppets, books and storytelling.

Education Philosophy

The philosophy of the center is to provide a warm and positive atmosphere for children. We provide the material and stimulation that will help children to feel good about themselves. We want to help children become self-directed and develop healthy patterns as they interact with others. Our philosophy is based on mutual respect, guidance and developmentally appropriate activities for children.

The Thurston High School Child Development Center follows the THS Academic Calendar.

Thurston High School Child Development Center

Dara Tuulik, Coordinator
333 58th Street Room 164/165
Springfield, Oregon 97478

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