The mission of the Child Development Center (CDC) is to provide a safe nurturing environment for the children of MSSU students, faculty, staff and alumni. The center is designed to create an atmosphere of security and mutual trust where children can develop emotionally, socially, physically and intellectually. The children are treated with warmth and respect at all times. The staff works within a developmentally appropriate curriculum to develop socially responsible children.
We feel that the development of the young child is a continuous process that is influenced by all the experiences in a child's life. In the CDC, learning experiences are designed to help the children advantageously use the mental abilities he or she possesses, and to enhance his or her cognitive potential to a maximum degree. Through the process of exploration, experimentation and discovery, children learn how to learn. Besides cognitive experiences, the children must have experiences that provide the opportunity to experience his or herself in relation to others in the environment. Children are allowed to experience feelings in an environment that accepts and values feelings. Each child has the right to progress at his or her own pace according to their own rate of development.
Nikki Tappana, M. Ed
417-625-3178 or 417-625-9360