Welcome to the Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) at Fort Hill. Fort Hill is unique in many ways and it is an honor to be the director of the program. We value collaborative and trusting relationships and strive to develop a vibrant learning community for children, families, Smith College students, and educators. This handbook is intended to offer information about the program to all members of the community. The program is commonly, and in this handbook, referred to as both "Fort Hill" and "CECE." Please click here to access the Table of Contents.
We value family participation in the program; families are welcome to visit the classrooms anytime, spontaneously or by planning ahead. The curriculum is child-centered, project-based, and often emerges from children’s interests. We encourage families to participate in curriculum development through dialogue with the teachers and by using the “Comment” feature of the classroom blogs.
As a department of Smith College, our mission is to support the child care needs of Smith employees, to offer a laboratory for the research and fieldwork of Smith College students and faculty, and to provide exemplary early education and care. We appreciate the many resources the College community offers the program and welcome Smith College students as researchers, observers, educators and interns.
Thank you for joining the Fort Hill community. If you have any questions or would like to discuss the program or offer feedback, please feel free to contact me either by e-mail, telephone or visiting my office.
Martha Christenson Lees
Director, Smith College Center for Early Childhood Education
Table of Contents
Your Child's Day
Family Communication and Engagement
General Policies and Plans
Emergency Response Plan