The Child Care Center in Turner 163, which serves preschool children ages 3-5, has an observation booth, equipped with audio headphones. The booth allows 5 observers at a time to view children's play and development without disturbing classroom routines. Illinois State University professors may request a full week of hourly observation times for students in an academic class related to early care and education or child and family studies. Professors are responsible for scheduling student observations according to the Center guidelines provided by the Director.
On a limited basis, the Child Care Center allows students, professors and small tour groups (6 people or less) to schedule an observation visit to view children's activities, through the observation booth. Larger groups may be given a brief walk-through tour upon request. Observation visits may be scheduled for a full hour between 8:00 am - 9:00 am, 10:00 am - 11:00 am or as time allows in the afternoon.
All observers must present a photo identification card prior to entering the child care facility and comply with the observation policies of the Child Care Center. This may include a scan of a State ID through the Raptor system to and/or a required background check. Observation times are in high demand. It is best to schedule visits at least one month in advance. Observations visits or week long observation reservations may be scheduled by contacting the director Carrie Carlson at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling (309) 438-5026.