Southern Methodist University Preschool and Child Care Center is designed to meet the developmental needs of infants and young children (through age 5) of the University community. We provide experiences that enrich and enhance each childís cognitive, language, social, emotional, physical, and creative development. Within the centerís daily schedule, each child has opportunities to create, explore the environment, learn problem solving and personal interaction skills, and learn concepts through first-hand, hands-on experiences. Children develop a positive self-concept through a balance of self-and teacher-directed activities. Opportunities for solitary play as well as group play are provided. Staff provides care that is supportive, nurturing, warm and responsive to each childís individual needs. We respect parents as the primary and most important provider of care and nurturing, and we believe parents and teachers are partners in childrenís care and education.