The UAH Early Learning Center classrooms for young children consist of an NAEYC suggested ratio of teacher to children based on student’s chronological age and educational needs. An equal ratio of children with and without disabilities is maintained for our inclusive classrooms. Each classroom in the Early Learning Center employs a certified teacher and one teacher's assistant. Children are under the supervision of a responsible adult at all times. The UAH Early Learning Center has a year-round schedule that is aligned as closely as possible with the schedule of the university and our local school systems. The projected days of operation for each year are supplied in advance to allow parents time to plan alternative child-care options. The classes operate from 8:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. After-school care is provided from 2:30 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. Before-school care is available from 7:00 a.m. to 7:50 a.m. During the typical school day, each child follows a schedule that includes individual activities, group activities, gross motor play indoors or outdoors, therapeutic services as indicated, lunch, and rest. Each child’s schedule is individualized so that the day can include as many learning opportunities as possible. At the UAH Early Learning Center, we believe in BEST PRACTICE and providing our children with an education that addresses their social-emotional, cognitive, adaptive, and motor skills and language needs. The UAH Early Learning Center has adopted the Creative Curriculum, the most successfully researched curriculum designed to meet the needs of all children in integrated environments. The curriculum is user-friendly and addresses all areas that are included in NAEYC Standards, Alabama Early Learning Guidelines, and Alabama Developmental Standards. The UAH Early Learning Center functions as an instructional site for UAH students. Students may participate in a variety of ways, usually working directly with the children in some capacity. Students are closely supervised by the UAH Early Learning Center staff. If students are performing any tests or procedures that may be considered experimental or are being completed for the purpose of research, parental permission must be received.