The Douglass Psychology Child Study Center is a twelve-month Rutgers University preschool sponsored and operated by the Psychology Department. The Center provides education and childcare for children ages 2-5 years of age and can trace its history back over eighty-five years.
Curriculum and Schedules: Classroom learning activities are organized around weekly themes. In accordance with our Mission and Philosophy Statement, great care is devoted to creating developmentally appropriate learning activities. Large portions of the day are devoted to Center Time (self-selected learning activities). There are two Circle Times, scheduled for the children to come together to share in discussions, songs and movement activities. Outdoor play times occur two or three times a day, weather permitting. A nap time is built into the schedule for children under the age of five. Children are expected to arrive no later than 9:45am. The Center opens at 7:30am to provide care for children whose parents need to drop off early and this is available at no extra charge.
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Classrooms: There are two classrooms: the Jellybean Class for children 2-3 years old and a preschool Gummibear Class for older 3 year olds, 4-year-olds and 5-year-olds. In addition, we have a Center Library, which also serves as our Research Room.
Staff: Both classrooms are led by licensed teachers. Supplementary staff consist of a two full-time teacher assistants, part-time teacher aides and college fieldwork students. The child-adult ratios are usually one staff member to six children (1:4 for younger children).
Academic and Research Affiliation: The Center is the lab school for the Psychology Department. All research projects conducted must be approved by the Institutional Review Board at the University and our Center's Psychology Department Liaison, Dr. Judith Hudson; further information on procedures can be found on the Information for Researchers page. Parents will be notified in writing concerning any research projects currently being conducted at the Center and may choose whether or not they want their child to participate. The Center also provides support for the Fieldwork in Psychology: Daycare class. Fieldwork students must work a minimum of 4 hours each week in one of the classrooms to fulfill their course requirements. Further information and course syllabi can be found on the Information for Rutgers Students page.
Parent Services: Observation Rooms for both classrooms and the Library/Research Room are available so that parents may watch and listen to classroom activities at any time. These rooms are equipped with one-way mirrors and sound systems. Center parents are welcome to join the Parents' Advisory Committee. The Committee meets monthly to discuss Center policies and procedures, special activities, and fundraising. Parent workshops are available throughout the year to provide support concerning early childhood issues.
Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided each day. Meal Menus are posted internally and on this website. A vegetarian option is always available.
Nap linens are provided by the Center for each child. The Center will also launder these linens weekly for each child.
Sunscreen is provided by the Center for each child. Parents must apply a morning application prior to bringing their child to school; Center staff will reapply sunscreen in the afternoons.
Hours: The Center is open from 7:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., and parents may drop off any time in the morning before 9:45am and pick up any time before 6pm.
Tuition and Fees:
Jellybeans (2- and 3-year-olds):
RU Affiliates: $1085/month
Tuition includes all diapers, training pants and wipes for children who are not potty trained.
Gummibears (4- and 5-year-olds):
RU Affiliates: $985/month