Family Information

Parents are always welcomed in the classroom. If you ever want to volunteer, we will be glad to have you at the Center. If you have a special skill or can share information with the children about your career or culture, please talk to your child’s teacher. We appreciate any involvement.

The teachers and staff at the School partner with families to support positive development and learning. As part of this partnership, family communication is a priority. There are many ways in which we seek to communicate with families.

Informal Conversation

Teachers are available to talk to parents informally at the beginning and end of each day. Please take advantage of this time to share information, concerns or to ask questions about your child.

Written Communication

A School newsletter and other communication from your child’s teacher will be sent home throughout the school year. Information may also be sent by email, so be sure that your email address is current with the office.

Parent Bulletin Board

Throughout the School parents will notice parent bulletin boards. Menus, curriculum outlines and other information about your child’s classroom and the program can be found on parent bulletin boards.

Parent-Teacher Conferences

Conferences between parents and teachers lead to a better understanding between school and home. Teachers schedule conferences with parents twice a year. Additional conferences may be scheduled upon request.

Documentation Boards

Teachers regularly document a child’s learning experience at the School with artwork, pictures or journaling. This information is often displayed on the walls. Parents are encouraged to stop and review these displays with their children.

Children will be served breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack.  All meals will follow dietary guidelines established by the Missouri Department of Health.  A copy of the menu cycle is posted on Parent Boards so you can see what your children are being served each day.  Family style meals will be emphasized to allow staff to sit with the children during mealtimes to serve as role models and to encourage healthy eating habits.

The University Child Development Center participates in the USDA’s federally subsidized food program and meets the USDA requirements for food programs for young children.

Visits by Parents

All parents and guardians are welcome to visit the center with or without notice.  Nursing mothers and parents wishing to give bottles to their children are welcome to visit the infant room.  Parents are invited to share meals with their child, as long as the center knows ahead of time so the cook can prepare enough. For some children, having their parents visit during the day can be difficult.  Please consult your child’s teacher if you have a concern about how your child will handle your visit.

Children with Special Needs

The Center will accommodate children with special needs to the best of our abilities.  We will work closely with the family and other agencies to provide the best possible care for the child.


Phone: 573.481.9724
Fax: 573.472.4689
University Child Development Center
Southeast Missouri State University
2401 N. Main
Sikeston, MO 63801

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