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Program Overview

The Callier Child Development Program is an active, nurturing, learning environment for infants through kindergarten age children. Experiences are offered in a stimulating, creative atmosphere where curiosity, exploration and discovery are facilitated by a supportive staff-to-child ratio that is based on optimal guidelines for each age group.

Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children, the program encompasses both tuition-based child development and public school deaf education.

The program is a collaboration of The University of Texas at Dallas, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and the Dallas Independent School District. Only families affiliated with UT Southwestern Medical Center or UT Dallas are eligible for tuition-based enrollment. All Deaf Education students are enrolled through the Dallas Independent School District – Dallas Regional Day School Program for the Deaf.                       

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Program Goals

  • To provide for all aspects of a child’s developmental needs, including communication and language skills, physical abilities, emotional and social growth and cognitive development.
  • To emphasize learning as a social process that stresses exploration and interaction with adults, other children and materials.
  • To emphasize learning as an active process, using experiences that are concrete, real and relevant to the lives of young children.
  • To foster an environment in which children have an opportunity to communicate, play and develop friendships with children whose interests, abilities, levels of hearing and/or methods of communication may be different than their own.

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Curriculum

Curriculum is based on HighScope and Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Kindergarten. Children's ongoing development is documented using the web-based HighScope Child Observation Record (COR Advantage). Teachers with training in early child development and early childhood education rotate with their classes through the infant/toddler years (a two-year loop) and preschool (a two- to three-year loop). 

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Callier Kindergarten Overview

The Callier Kindergarten class continues the developmental philosophy and principles of active learning, which form the foundation of the Callier Child Development Program. Curriculum is based on Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills for Kindergarten in conjunction with High/Scope Key Developmental Indicators. Educational objectives are addressed throughout the child’s daily experience. Daily routines are organized around targets in literacy, mathematics and other learning areas. Learning activities often include extended projects based on children’s experiences and interests.

A well-balanced schedule provides children with time for independent exploration and discovery, as well as many opportunities for learning through social interactions. During afternoon groups, students build concepts and practice skills in reading strategies and comprehension, writing, math and science.

The “Daily 5” literacy tasks develop children’s independence and confidence in reading and writing, and expand vocabulary. The Handwriting without Tears curriculum develops fine-motor abilities as well as literacy.

Enrichment activities such as Science Lab, Young Artists and visits to the Callier library target STEAM (Science/Technology/Engineering/Art & Design/Math).

The social studies curriculum is enhanced by field trips to cultural resources in the community such as the Dallas Children’s Theater, the Dallas Symphony Orchestra and the Dallas World Aquarium as well as guest presentations on campus.

Assessment of student progress is continuous, incorporating a portfolio collection of children’s writing and drawing, as well as anecdotal observations using the High/Scope Child Observation Record (COR). Kindergarten report cards are issued each six weeks. Formal reporting conferences are offered in the fall and spring; an additional COR report is sent home at the end of February.

The teacher is a state certified kindergarten teacher.

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Schedule

Schedules for all age groups include opportunities for outdoor play and gross motor activities, daily care routines including mealtimes and naps, hands-on child-choice learning experiences, opportunities for interactive play with peers and group learning activities.

Daily schedules for infants are individual, based on each child’s developing patterns. As children mature, they settle into more predictable group routines. Kindergarten students have additional learning activities in the afternoon in place of nap time.

Sample Preschool Schedule:

7:30 a.m.
Arrival and quiet activities
8:15 a.m
Breakfast
9:15 a.m
Outside play
9:45 a.m
Small group
10 a.m.
Learning centers
11 a.m.
Music and movement
11:30 a.m
Lunch
Noon
Outside play
1 p.m.
Nap
3 p.m
Wake up for afternoon snack
3:30 p.m
Afternoon activities until pick up
6:30 p.m
Callier closes

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Monthly Tuition Rates for 2016-2017

Monthly tuition rates as of August 1, 2016 (September 1 for continuing students)

AGE AS OF 9/1/16
MONTHLY TUITION
Infant (0-12 Months)   
$1175
Toddlers (12-24 Months)   
$1125
2's (24-36 Months)
$1075
3's (36-48 Months)
$1025
4's (48-60 Months)
$975
Kinder (60-72 Months)
$925

Tuition is billed as 12 equal payments, due at the beginning of each month, based on the child’s age as of Sept.1. Tuition for older siblings is discounted 10 percent.

 

Fees

All fees are non-refundable.

Enrollment fee  
$100
Due upon acceptance.

Enrollment security deposit
One month tuition

Nonrefundable prior to start date.

Applied to last month attended based on 30 days written notice of withdrawal.

 

Personal care supply fee 
$25
At start and annually in August
 

Annual fees (2’s –Kindergarten)
Field trip admission  
Based on cost of scheduled events


Field trip transportation.
At start and annually

$75

Kindergarten
 
Deposit 
$175
Due upon acceptance. Apply
to supply fee billed in September.
Supply Fee 
$175
Other additional fees
Lunch – optional  
$1.80/day
Late payment   
$30
Late pick up
$10/any part of first 10 minutes
$1/additional minute plus
$12.50/half hour staffing fee
Badge fee   
$10 for each additional badge(two badges per family no charge)

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