The Early Childhood Center Guidance programs are overseen by the Director of Guidance. The Director consults regularly with administration and faculty as they all try to create a sense of involvement for the families and the children, creating a warm atmosphere that complements the students' academic experience. Upon referral from a teacher, the Director meets with individual children.
All nursery-age students are tested prior to their admission to kindergarten, a process overseen by the Director of Guidance, in consultation with the Coordinator of the Early Childhood Center. Outside testers assess the academic potential of each incoming kindergartener. Faculty also regularly consult with the Guidance department in order to monitor the academic, social, and emotional progress of all students. On occasion, classroom observations will be conducted in order to follow such progress.
The Director meets with children who are referred by parents, teachers, or administrators, and conducts ongoing team meetings with teachers of each class together with administrators, wherein they review the functioning and progress of every child. The Director is available at all times to meet with parents who have academic, social, or other issues concerning their children, and will recommend consultation with an outside professional if the situation demands.
Teachers utilize the resources of the department in order to better address class-wide issues, whether they be accidents or world crises, on how to best present the issue to the class. The department coordinates school-wide programs, such as those that teach safety and security awareness. Similarly, workshops are held for faculty that sensitize them to issues that the children are confronting.
The ECC Director in consultation with the Director of Guidance work as partners with teachers, parents, and the children themselves, to provide direct programs to accommodate their childrens' emotional and learning issues.