Bodel Childcare Program at the Yale School of Medicine
BODEL CHILDCARE CENTER AT THE YALE SCHOOL OF MEDICINE
HARKNESS MEMORIAL HALL
Cynthia Olson, M.S.
Bodel Center is based on the belief that while human development progresses
in a predictable sequence, each individual is a developmentally unique.
The curriculum and teaching area adapted to each child's individual abilities
and interests, and activities are introduced when children are best able
to master them. The activities enhance and challenge all areas of development
-- physical, social, emotional, and intellectual. Parents are welcome throughout
the day to feed and visit with the children. For infants, developing basic
secure and trusting relationships is a primary task. Teachers foster this
trust through frequent physical contact, sensitive responses to infants'
signals, and mutual delight in interactions. For toddlers, daily experiences
include simple art projects, dramatic play, and free play that encourages
manipulation, imitation, and exploration. For all children through pre-school,
social skills such as empathy, caring, and sharing are also emphasized
through interactions with warm, responsible, and encouraging caregivers.
Bodel Childcare Center was originally conceived and organized by women
faculty and postdoctoral fellows at the Yale school of Medicine to provide
on-site care for the children of women in medicine. It was named in honor
of Dr. Phyllis Bodel, a mother of three and the first director of the Office
of Women in Medicine. The program began in 1979 with seven infants. The
Center currently serves 70 children ranging in age from six weeks to five
years, full or part time.
Hours, and Who to Contact
Full-time infant/toddler $1320/month
Full-time preschool $1123/month
The Childcare Center is affiliated with the Yale School of Medicine and
is open to all children in the community. First priority is given to parents
who are faculty, students, or postdoctoral fellows at Yale School of Medicine.
This priority scale is used in administering the scholarship fund. The
infant and toddler rooms have a teacher-child ratio of at least 1 to 3.
The preschool teacher-child ratios are 1 to 3 for two to three year olds,
and 1 to 5 for to three to five year olds.
Center is open from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. all year except for holidays
and the week between Christmas and New Year's.
For more information,
contact Cynthia Olson, Director,
to the Early Childcare Education and Childcare
at Yale Home Page.