Family, Consumer, and Human Development
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The DDE Center teaching staff is comprised of nurturing and experienced teachers. Each classroom has a full time lead teacher and an assistant teacher who have a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a closely related field. The DDE Center also has several teaching assistants, most of whom are local students pursuing degrees in early childhood care and education. All teaching staff must pass an initial criminal background check and participate in orientation training. Teaching staff are also first aid and CPR certified and receive ongoing training throughout the year on health, safety, child development, and current evidence-based teaching strategies. Teaching staff also participate in annual reflective performance reviews to establish and work towards professional development goals.
Practicum and Student Employees
Each semester the DDE Center has the opportunity to host practicum students, level II student teachers, and work study students. These students add to our program in a variety of ways as they work to develop their skills and knowledge to enter the field of early childhood education and care. All student teachers and student employees must pass a criminal background check and participate in orientation training. Practicum students, level II student teachers and student employees are closely supervised and mentored by classroom lead teachers and the program administrator.
Food Program Teachers
Snacks and lunch are viewed as part of our daily curriculum as they are times for children to engage in social conversations and gain healthy eating habits. Each food program teacher has passed a criminal background check, is first aid and CPR certified, and has their Utah Food Handlers Permit. Many of these teachers are also students in the dietetics, food service, or early childhood education programs.
The DDE Center administrative staff is comprised of a program administrator, staff assistant and executive director. The program administrator oversees the day-to-day operations of the center, enrollment, and teaching staff. The program administrator meets all center director qualifications as outlined by state child care licensing and NAEYC director qualifications. The executive director oversees research, continuous program improvement, and provides program oversight and guidance as a faculty member in the Department of Family, Consumer, and Human Development at USU.