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The Children Center is a childcare service sponsored by the Associated Students, Inc. of California State University, Dominguez Hills
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Student Observers

The CSUDH Children’s Center is a program of the Associated Students, Inc. (ASI – the student government on campus). The Children’s Center is an excellent training facility, located in Building 120, north/east corner of Parking Lot 1 (adjacent to CSUDH Housing). Our professional staff takes great pride in mentoring future early childhood educators, and those seeking experience working with children 2 to 5 years.

 

The Children’s Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills provides opportunities for students to observe children ages 2 to 5 years for their coursework. Observers are limited to designated areas in our indoor and outdoor classrooms and do not have direct contact with the children or staff. Observation hours are scheduled in 1 to 3 hour increments between the hours of 8:00am – 11:30am or 2:30pm – 5:30pm. To schedule an appointment to observe, you must be currently enrolled in a course, which is verified by a copy of your current registration. All observers must complete the following requirements:

  • Statement of Good Health
  • Child Interaction Acknowledgement
  • Consent and Release Form
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Fieldwork Experience with the Children

Volunteers

The Children’s Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills provides opportunities for students to participate in the classroom with children ages 2 to 5 years. If direct participation is required by their coursework, the student must follow California Community Care Licensing (CCL), Title 22 regulations for volunteers.

  • Volunteer is 18 years of age
  • Volunteer is directly supervised by a CSUDH Children’s Center certified teacher at all times
  • Volunteer spends no more than 16 hours per week at the CSUDH Children’s Center
  • Volunteer is not left alone with children at any time

 

Volunteer hours are scheduled during hours of operation Monday through Thursday, 7:30am to 5:30pm and Friday, 7:30am to 3:00pm. To schedule an appointment to volunteer, you must be currently enrolled in a course, which is verified by a copy of your current registration and submit the following required documents:

  • Volunteer Application
  • Consent and Release Form
  • Statement of Good Health
  • Criminal Records Statement
  • Provide proof of Immunizations and negative TB Test

Student Internships

Internships that are CSUDH academic requirements are arranged directly with the Program Director, Michelle Johnson (email: cchildress@csudh.edu). Currently, we accept students from the Child Development and Human Services departments (CHHSN) enrolled in (CDV240 or CDV 496) and College of Education to complete internships at the Children’s Center each semester.  Interns may spend a maximum of 16 hours per week in the classroom. All volunteers must submit the following documents before the start of internship hours:

  • ASI Student at Large Internship Application (with supplemental Children’s Center application)
  • A copy of a negative TB test, proof of current TDap vaccination, proof of MMR vaccination, proof of influenza vaccination (flu shot waiver is available)
  • Statement of Good Health
  • Criminal Records Statement

Student Employment

The Associated Students, Incorporated (ASI) provides employment opportunities for CSUDH students to work as Student Aides, Student Assistants, and Substitutes every semester. Students are employed a maximum amount of 20 hours per week.

 

If you are interested in employment, please review job description and submit application to the ASI Front Desk located at LSU 231.

  • Job Description Student Aide
  • Job Description Student Assistant

For more information on student employment, visit the ASI website.

Observer Guidelines

We ask you to adhere to the following guidelines during your observation experience in the Children’s Center:

  • Stop at the front desk to sign in, provide CSUDH photo I.D., and syllabus of class enrolled in. You will be given a badge to wear that identifies which room you are assigned to for your observation.
  • All observers and visitors must exit the program between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m to allow for lunch and nap transitions. All observers must exit the Center by 5:30 p.m. each day.
  • A maximum of two observers are allowed in each program at any given time.
  • Observers may not go into other classrooms without prior permission from the office staff.
  • A maximum length of one hour at any given observation time will be allowed, unless a specific teacher grants  exception on a case-by-case basis.
  • Observations are not allowed during special events or during the first two weeks of each semester.
  • No food, beverages, backpacks or cell phones allowed in the classrooms. These items must be left at the front office. (Please turn off cell phone or put on silent mode).
  • Once in the program you must check in with the supervising teacher. Inform him/her of the type of observation you need to perform (i.e. one time non-interactive, case study, interactive, etc.).
  • You must obtain the supervising teacher’s permission to continue. Teachers do reserve the right to deny access if your presence at that particular time would interfere with operation of his/her program. You may make arrangements for a return visit or try another program for availability.

In Consideration of the Children and the smooth-running of our programs, please:

  • Do not initiate interaction with children—let them participate naturally in their program.
  • Position yourself in inconspicuous locations, “hug the wall”, and sit on the floor (never on children’s furniture or play structures).
  • As much as possible, make your note taking low key and inconspicuous. No pictures of children are allowed. Pictures of environment with no children present is permissible.
  • Children, ideally, should not be aware that you are observing them.