Child Care Center

The Child Care Center is state licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and provides quality child care for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. The Center is a community service, by Rhodes State College, Lima Memorial Hospital, and the YMCA. It provides quality physical, emotional, social, and cognitive care for children.  Led by the Chair of the College's Early Childhood program, the Center serves as a learning lab for the students.  Additionally every classroom is under the guidance of a qualified, degreed teacher. 

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide a loving, nurturing environment, a professional staff, and a developmentally appropriate curriculum that enables each child to grow in their own unique way.

Philosophy of Education

We believe in creating a stimulating environment for children in order to foster their exploration and creative skills. We believe in having developmentally appropriate materials available to children at all ages to inspire them to use their own thoughts and ideas to investigate materials. We believe that parents play the most vital role in their child's education. Family involvement is the foundation for a strong, quality education.

We believe in cultivating the art of inquiry along with critical and reflective thinking. It is vital to teach communication skills, allowing each child to communicate their ideas, emotions, and creative ability.

We believe that children learn through play. For example:

  • Social/Emotional Development: relationships with others, empathy, emotions.
  • Language and Literacy Development: writing, speech, sounds, hearing, name recognition.
  • Fine Motor Development: grasping/releasing objects, pincher grasp, turning pages of a book, feeding self, stacking objects, nesting objects, tearing paper, holding crayons, markers, etc.
  • Gross Motor Development: kicking, running, climbing, walking, rolling over, pulling self up, squatting, jumping, hanging.
  • Cognitive Development: imagination, curiosity, classifying, problem solving, cause and effect, sizes, shapes, space, time, math concepts and counting.
  • Sensory Development: touch, taste, smell, hearing, sight, sound.
  • Creative Representation: developing a sense of self through self exploration, expressing self through dramatic play, using art materials to explore and be creative.

Children's attitudes about life, school, learning, people, and themselves are influenced by the quality of their interaction with others. Educators can have a life¬long influence on a child's behavior and attitudes and must be prepared to act as lifelong learners along with the children in which they facilitate learning.

Infant Room Toddler Transition
Infant Room

Toddler Transition Room

Young Toddlers Pre-School Room
Young Toddlers Room

Pre-School Room

Playground Outdoor Corridor

Outdoor Corridor

Child Care Center
Rhodes State Child Care Center