Classroom Procedures

Classroom Locations

Our classrooms are located in our main building on Annie Glidden Road and our annex, located in Gabel Hall. The rooms in Gabel Hall are dedicated to infant and toddler care, while the main center building contains classrooms for the entire range of ages. Some of the classrooms in the main center building are practicum rooms.

Please note:

  • Placement in classrooms is determined by the September 1 birthdate deadline used by local schools.
  • Group size may vary based on classroom size.
Age Group Size Ratio

Infants

 

9 3 children to 1 teacher
Toddlers 12 3 children to 1 teacher 
2-year-olds 12 4 children to 1 teacher
Preschool 18 6 children to 1 teacher

Hours and Schedules

The center is open weekdays from 7:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Practicum classroom hours are 7:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. (early drop-off is available at 7:15 a.m. with appropriate arrangements). Children enrolled in our practicum rooms attend for the full day, while children enrolled in non-practicum rooms have the option of attending half days. We offer practicum and non-practicum rooms for each age group.

Non-practicum Rooms

Approximate Schedule for Infants
7:30-11:30 a.m.

Classroom exploration
(nap as needed)

8:45-9:15 a.m. Breakfast
10-11 a.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
11-11 a.m. Classroom exploration
11:20-11:30 a.m. Group time
11:30 a.m.-noon Lunch
12:30-2:30 p.m. Rest time
2:30-4:20 p.m. Classroom exploration
2:45-3:15 p.m. Snack
4:20-4:30 p.m. Group time
(4:50-5 in winter)
4:30-5:30 p.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
(winter – classrooms combine at 5)
Approximate Schedule for Toddlers
7:30-10 a.m.

Classroom exploration

8:45-9:15 a.m. Breakfast
10-11 a.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
11:30-12:15 p.m. Lunch
11:30-2:45 p.m. Classroom exploration
(nap as needed)
2:45-3:15 p.m. Snack
4:30-5:30 p.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
(Winter – classrooms combine at 5)
Approximate Schedule for Twos
7:30-10 a.m.

Classroom exploration

9-9:30 a.m. Breakfast
10-11 a.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
11-11:30 a.m. Classroom exploration
11:30-11:45 a.m. Group time
11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-2:30 p.m. Rest time
2-3 p.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
2:30-4:15 p.m. Classroom exploration
2:45-3:15 p.m. Snack
4:15-4:30 p.m. Group time
(4:45-5 in winter)
4:30-5:30 p.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
(winter – classrooms combine at 5)
Approximate Schedule for Preschool
7:30-10:45 a.m.

Classroom exploration

9:30-10 a.m. Breakfast
10:45-11 a.m. Group time
11 a.m.-noon Outdoor exploration/gross motor
12-12:30 p.m. Lunch
12:30-2:30 p.m. Rest time
2-3 p.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
3-4:15 p.m. Classroom exploration
3-3:30 p.m. Snack
4:15-4:30 p.m. Group time
(4:45-5 p.m. in winter)
4:30-5:30 p.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
(winter – classrooms combine at 5 p.m.)

Practicum Rooms

Approximate Schedule for Preschool
7:45-10 a.m. Choice time
9-9:30 a.m. Open breakfast
10-11 a.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor
11-11:30 a.m. Choice time
11:30-11:45 Group time
11:45-12:15 p.m. Lunch
12:15-12:45 p.m. Books/Nap transition
12:45-2:45 p.m. Rest time
1:45-2:45 p.m. Outdoor exploration/quiet activities
2:45-4 p.m. Choice time
2:45-3:15 p.m. Open Snack
4-4:15 p.m. Group time
4:15-5:15 p.m. Outdoor exploration/gross motor

Contact Us

Child Development and Family Center
220 N Annie Glidden Road
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-0125
jboyer@niu.edu
Child Development and Family Center Annex
Gabel Hall, Rooms 169-170
245 University Circle
DeKalb, IL 60115
815-753-1150
dwhite6@niu.edu

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