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Awards and Testimonials
2008 Youth Volunteer Service Award from The Care Providers of Minnesota for our Preschoolers weekly visit to Good Samaritan Society - University Specialty Center
2012 Kate Davidson Tanner Award from the Minnesota Association for the Education of Young Children to Mike Huber for excellence in Early Childhood Education.
"The staff, students, and families of Seward Child Care Center create a supportive and thoughtful environment for children to learn and grow. The project-based investigations allow children to guide their own learning and to become scientists, artists, and even professional bakers as they ask questions and seek answers about the world around them. I am continually impressed by the level of family participation and community involvement integrated into the investigations. I will never forget the finale to the Bakery Investigation, in which children turned their entire classroom into a bakery, selling homemade bread to family and friends and displaying all they had learned throughout the classroom. Seward Child Care is truly one of the most caring and inspiring environments that I have ever had the privilege of volunteering."
-Megan, Augsburg student and volunteer
"Our family loves SCCC. Our son, Gus, is in the Teddy Bear room and his teacher, Becky, is the best! She is attentive, hands on, comforting and helps our son grow into a confident and independent Teddy Bear. We also enjoy the overall structure of SCCC. We love the community know what we put into it goes directly to our son and other children. It is an awesome feeling knowing we are part of something so special. We wish the whole world could run on the ideas of SCCC. "
"At SCCC parents and teachers are engaged in a true partnership around the early education of attending children. Modeling from the excellent teaching staff has really helped me become a better parent.
"After awhile SCCC starts to feel like home. There are great opportunities to get to know the other families and children as well as the center itself. It is really great to be such an integral part of the place where my child spends so much time.
"Parent helper shifts initially struck me as a burden, but are actually a great opportunity to learn valuable little kid management skills from teachers and really understand what is happening during my child's day. I wouldn't give them up."
"I have loved SCCC from day one, when I got off work early to pick up my son in order to cut short a potentially traumatic first day in day care. When I got there he was having so much fun, he didn't want to leave. Things like catering to special diet and using cloth diapers is a part of the routine at SCCC.
"I love that I know my family's social and environmental values are being promoted to my children at SCCC. Time and again, I have asked the SCCC teachers for advice about books or teaching methods when trying to talk with my children about some touchy subject about race or gender or death or injustice and they have been invaluable resources. Indeed, now that my older school has moved on to the wide world of public school, I find that his academic challenges and his opportunities to explore the world (both physically and mentally) have actually decreased from what he was experiencing at SCCC.
"I love the level of trust and community that develops between parents, children, and staff. I would trust any of the adults involved at SCCC to handle any crisis, big or small, in which my children were involved."
My favorite aspect of SCCC is the community environment that is so inherent in its function. As a teacher over several years, I have seen families come and go and some return with new additions to the family. It's rewarding to be a positive constant for our families and to know that they feel safe and happy to have their children learn and grow here.