The Boston University Children's Center is located in a newly renovated beautiful historic home in the Cottage Farm neighborhood of Brookline. The Center is open year-round and serves children as young as infants through Pre-Kindergarten in a homelike setting, with an expansive outdoor space for the children to explore. Please click here to learn more about our program and click here to see images of our Center and the classroom spaces.
The Children's Center's philosophy is based on blending a variety of early childhood educational philosophies and approaches, including Montessori, Reggio Emilia, and Constructivist. Children at the Center are viewed as active participants in their own learning, making choices and seeking out experiences that further their development. Educators at the Center strive to create a safe, nurturing, and stimulating environment that supports children as they learn and grow at their own pace through play-based and child-centered experiences. Educators at the Center believe in viewing each child as an individual, and they understand the importance of getting to know each child and meeting them where they are developmentally.
Children's Center Staff are COVID tested twice weekly at no cost at the on campus testing centers and have access to extensive COVID related support through BU's Healthway Team https://www.bu.edu/healthway/
The primary responsibility of the Mentor Teacher is to support teachers in creating responsive classroom environments, inquiry-based emergent curriculum, and overall classroom management systems that align with the program mission and philosophy. Mentor Teachers observe in classrooms to provide constructive feedback in the moment and in team meetings. Information from classroom observations will be used by the Mentor Teacher to identify areas of growth and professional development topics to be explored in team meetings or staff meetings.
The Mentor Teacher must act as a role model for appropriate practice and step into classrooms to provide coverage when needed. Mentor Teachers develop and maintain relationships with children and families across the program. In addition, the Mentor Teacher assists the Administration in supervising, hiring, interviewing, and orientation of Assistant Teachers. The Mentor Teacher facilitates professional development for Assistant Teachers, with support of the Lead Teachers and the Assistant Directors. They must abide by all Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) licensing standards, and all policies and procedures set forth in the staff handbook.
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