All students must complete orientation prior to participation at the Center for Child Studies. Orientation is held the Friday prior to the first week of school from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Prior to attendance at the Center for Child Studies, you must complete a Child-Care and Elder-Care Worker Registration form and submit it to the Missouri Department of Health, so a background check may be performed. Students may not attend the CCS lab until this step has been taken.
First Aid and Infant/Child CPRCertification
All practicum students and student employees are expected to complete training in Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR. You will be informed of available training opportunities. Students must present documentation of certification to the CCS office.
Medical Examination and TB Test
The state of Missouri requires that every person working in a child care setting with children have a medical examination and annual TB test. These must be completed prior to the first week of the semester.
Students must submit a current transcript to the CCS office each semester they work or participate in a practicum at the Center for Child Studies.
We depend on our students to be here and must arrange for a substitute if they are not. Be punctual and remain at the Center for your entire scheduled block of time. Please do not schedule appointments during your lab or work time.
Absences are allowed only for illness or emergencies. If you are going to be absent, leave a message with the administrative assistant at (573) 651-2951. Do not leave e-mails as they may not be checked prior to your scheduled time. Call the Center (573) 651-2951 by 8 a.m., when you are ill or prior to your scheduled time if you are going to be five or more minutes late. This is extremely important. Failure to call in ahead of a scheduled laboratory time will result in an unexcused absence. Unexcused absences may not be made up and will result in grade reductions.
If you have missed a scheduled practicum, you must make arrangements to make up the missed time. It is your responsibility to contact your supervising teacher within one week to arrange a make-up time, or the absence will be considered unexcused. The time must be made up within two weeks. After the first illness, documentation by a doctor or Student Health Services will be required for the student to make up the missed time.
When students drive to the Center for Child Studies, they are requested to park in the area designated for student parking. Students who park in either the staff or visitor parking will be ticketed.
The Center for Child Studies operates Tuesday through Friday from 8–11 a.m., and Monday through Friday from 12:30 – 3:30 p.m.
The Center for Child Studies follows the University schedule. The first week of the semester is reserved for orientation, and the last week of the semester, teachers and students participate in conferences with the children’s families to discuss the children’s progress.
During inclement weather, the Center for Child Studies operates on Cape Girardeau Public Schools’ schedule. If the public schools are closed, the Center will be closed. If they are on a two-hour delayed schedule, the Center will be closed in the morning, but open in the afternoon.