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Edgar L. & Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center

The University of Missouri – Kansas City (UMKC) Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center (CFDC) was established in 1993. UMKC’s School of Education and an interdisciplinary team of experts worked together to develop a state-of-the-art early childhood school. Berkley is part of UMKC’s School of Education and serves as a learning laboratory for early childhood students. As a resource to others, Berkley enrolls children of UMKC employees, students, and the community. Building an equal relationship between family, child, and teacher is a cornerstone of our philosophy. Click here for a visual of  The Berkley Approach.

 

The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development in Children
A new report, compiled collaboratively by the Edgar L. and Rheta A. Berkley Child and Family Development Center and the UMKC School of Nursing and Health Sciences, explains the alarming trend toward limiting outdoor play/recess during the school day and how the act of outdoor play “is a crucial component in the growth and development of the brain, body and intellect.”

 

The Importance of Outdoor Play and Its Impact on Brain Development in Children provides an overview on the benefits to outdoor play and separate sections of ideas for outdoor play for different aged children (ages 3 months to school age). A bonus is the inclusion of a list of Kansas City metropolitan area public parks. Free downloads of this report are available through the Berkley website.

 

Major contributors were Ms. Polly Prendergast, director of the Berkley Center; and UMKC RN-BSN students Ms. Christy Adams, Ms. Claire Donnelly, Ms. Kelly Johnson, Ms. Brooke Payne, Mr. Austin Slagle and Ms. Sara Stewart.

 

Student-Athletes participate in Month of the Young Child

Berkley Buzz Newsletter Summer 2016, volume 47

UMKC Today story-UMKC Early Childhood Center Earns Accreditation

Berkley Brochure

Fundamentals of the Berkley Approach poster

 

Upcoming Dates To Remember:

July 2016
• Monday, July 4th-Closed for 4th of July
• Friday, July 8th-Closed for PDD

 

August 2016
• Thursday, August 11th-Last Day for Kindergarteners
• Friday, August 12th-Closed for PDD