UCSB Early Care and Education

Children’s Centers Staff Handbook Program
Revised 4/07


Table of Contents
Welcome to UCSB Early Care and Education Children’s Centers History and Funding Center Programs Philosophy Goals, Objectives, Mission and Vision Job Descriptions Staff Development Resources Program Policies and Procedures General Classroom Parent Communication Health and Safety Personnel Policies and Procedures NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct Appendices Classroom Forms 4 5 6 12 13 15 17

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Welcome to the UCSB Early Care and Education Children’s Centers
We are pleased to have you join our professional teaching staff. We strive to create a sense of community amongst ourselves as well as with the families we serve and hope you will soon find yourself comfortable among new friends and colleagues here at the Centers. Please familiarize yourself with the information in this handbook. It should give you a clear understanding of our guiding philosophy while detailing policies and procedures that you will use on a daily basis. Feel free to ask lots of questions and, once again, WELCOME! Leslie Voss, Director


History and Funding

The University Children’s Center began in the fall of 1970, as a parent cooperative serving UCSB faculty, staff, student, and community families. The Center was renovated and expanded in 1991, to meet the growing need for childcare and now enrolls approximately 180 children daily. The Center has evolved from relatively little affiliation with the University, to its current status as an auxiliary program administered through the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs. All personnel at the Center are University employees. Funding for the Center comes primarily from parent tuition fees. With passage of the first Child Care Lock-In in 1989 and the second in 2005, sponsored by the Associated Students and the Graduate Student Association, additional funding is available to subsidize student parent...