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  • SC Ages & Stages Questionnaire Online
    The Children’s Center at USC is pleased to report that we are participating in the pilot testing of the Ages & Stages Questionnaire Online. The Ages & Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) is a valid and reliable child development screening tool commonly used by teachers, pediatricians and parents of young children from birth through age 5. The project is designed to test a system for collecting data on the development and learning of young children in order to accomplish the following goals:

    • Enhance the curriculum development and planning of infant and toddler teachers by providing a structure to systematically document individual children’s development and learning
    • Increase the efficiency and potency of communication among children’s families and childcare service providers by providing summaries of development and learning based on the data collected by the infant and toddler teachers.
    • Increase the accuracy of efforts to identify children at risk for developing developmental or learning delays and the appropriate provision of early intervention services.

  • Early Childhood Program in the Department of Instruction and Teacher Education in the College of Education Early Childhood faculty played a leadership role in the Center’s development and continue to assist in its operation.
     
  • Music Play classes at the University of South Carolina's CHILDREN'S MUSIC DEVELOPMENT CENTER are part of an innovative program designed to develop the music potentials of young children. Music Play activities are offered at no cost to children enrolled at the Children’s Center. Current research performed by Dr. Wendy Valerio, her colleagues, and her graduate assistants, is showing that music is best learned if informal music guidance is begun as early in life as possible.
     
  • Dance The dance program at the University of South Carolinas has a history of excellence for creative dance for children. Dance program faculty and students regularly lead activities at the Center.

    We are pleased to announce the collaboration between the USC Dance Program and the Children’s Center at USC. The current objectives of this collaboration are to teach children movement and fine motor skills through principles of space, effort, shape, and time. These cognitive elements are learned through music and movement and provide our USC Dance Education majors with quality teaching experience. Our primary goal is to offer a superior learning environment for both our dance students and the children involved with the program. This program is a required aspect of our new Dance Education major.
     
  • Communication Sciences and Disorders – Speech and Hearing Center Diagnostic and therapeutic services are provided to the children by graduate clinicians, with direct supervision by the full-time clinical Faculty of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
     
  • Quality Playgrounds Playground Rating System (PDF Document)

 
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