Child and Family Study Center

Helping children develop intellectually, physically, socially, and emotionally.
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The CFSC focuses on the "whole child" representing all areas of development: intellectual, physical, social, and emotional. The program goals are to develop: self-concept and self-worth, language skills, social interaction skills, independence, curiosity, self-expression, appreciation, problem-solving, large and fine motor coordination, creative expression, along with awareness and respect for other's experiences and backgrounds as well as their own.

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Music and the arts at the CFSC

To complement and complete the robust academic curriculum, music and the arts at the Child and Family Study Center begin with the infants and toddlers and continue throughout the preschool years. Integrated throughout the day, children have opportunities to express creativity through a wide variety of media and music.

Movement to music, songs and chants (including cultural and folk), playing instruments, and exposure to instruments such as the violin, ukulele, keyboard, marimba and autoharp are examples of music experiences. BrainDance, a series of eight fundamental movement patterns, is also part of our music program. The eight fundamental movement patterns of BrainDance help "wire" the brain and lay the foundation for reading, writing, mathematics, socializing, and other healthy behaviors.

Infant and Toddler Education Lab

The Infant and Toddler Education Lab at UW-Stout is a certified childcare center for the university staff, students, and the Menomonie community. Students in the School of Education's Early Childhood Education program provide childcare for children ages 0-3. Aaron Wisecup, a senior in ECE, assists in and teaches children for nine weeks during the semester.

"We really focus on teaching the children self-help skills and social and emotional skills, like learning to share toys, take turns, and asking friends if they are hurt," Wisecup said.

Working alongside other student staff and experienced faculty, and watching the children progress gives students the necessary experience to benefit in their future teaching careers.