UBCCC serves the UB community in other ways as well. It functions as a work site for Work Study students through the Office of Financial Aid, and is used by several departments and programs (e.g., Interdisciplinary Science, Occupational Therapy, Honors Program, Psychology, Dental School, Speech & Language Hearing, Health & Human Services) for observation of young children, internship and community service projects.
UBCCC North and South are training sites for Erie Community College Lab II & III interns and student teachers. Students are in the centers for a five week placement, three days per week.
While in the classroom, the Lead Teacher acts as their mentor and supervising teacher, and the students participate in daily classroom activities. Students are required to write lesson plans and carry out some of their planned activities. If a student requests to use pictures or other information about a child, the parent will be contacted and permission to do so will be requested.
Interns are never counted in the classroom ratios or left alone with children. They submit to background checks and have medical clearance through ECC. Many have completed CPR & FA training as part of their ECC coursework when they are placed at UBCCC. They can be identified by their maroon aprons and nametags.
The goal is for the children to play with, socialize with and learn from their hearing peers. This is a perfect and wonderful opportunity to use the listening and speaking skills they learn at St. Mary’s in a fun, natural, language-rich environment. The EARS children are also able to practice their self-advocacy skills. They can practice asking a friend to speak up a bit or the teacher if they can move their seat. Children are curious by nature, so when the EARS kiddos are asked about their devices or why they didn’t answer a friend right away, they can use the appropriate responses they’ve been taught.
Both UBCCC and the EARS preschoolers look forward to this unique and rewarding learning experience.
Speech-Language and Hearing Clinic provide a hearing and speech screening for our pre-school and pre-kindergarten classrooms.
This program trains BS level students to become registered dietitians.
The UB Child Care Center is now a permanent rotation site for students in this internship program. This means that each semester, an intern is present at the center for 40 hours per week for 8 weeks. They work with children, staff, and parents to promote healthy eating and safe food handling practices.
Dr. Jamie Ostrov directs an ongoing research project: Peers and Social Development in cooperration with the Department of Psychology and the University at Buffalo, The State University of New York.
The Peers and Social Development project is a study of preschoolers' peer relationships, early personality, emotion regulation, empathy and social development. More specifically, the study is interested in assessing peer relationships preschoolers have and how these relationships are related to their social development. For example, the researchers are interested in the development of both negative (aggressive) as well as positive social peer behavior (prosocial or sharing behavior) for young boys and girls. This project is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NFS).
To learn more about Dr. Ostrov's research, please visit the following links:
The Smile Team educates and improve general dental and oral hygiene to the children at our center.
Poison Prevention and Awareness
Doctor of Pharmacy students provide presentations during National Poison Prevention Week about poison safety to our preschool and pre-Kindergarten classrooms.
UBCCC North and South are training sites for undergraduate students in UB’s Social Sciences Interdisciplinary Program’s Health and Human Service major. Early Childhood Studies students are required to do a one semester internship (150 hours) that provides them with the opportunity to learn the practical workings of the Early Childhood field. Students are exposed to the principles of confidentiality in their coursework and required to follow basic principles of confidentiality. Lead Teachers act as the supervising teachers.
Interns are never counted in the classroom ratios or left alone with children. They submit to background checks and have medical clearance as all staff members of UBCCC. Some interns have CPR & FA certification. UB interns wear paper nametags while in the classroom.
Many of our former interns are hired after completing their coursework and graduating from their respective study programs. Because of our cooperation with UB and ECC as a training site, UBCCC has the opportunity to hire highly qualified staff members who have experience and knowledge of the UBCCC philosophy and setting.