Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center
Welcome to Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center. Its mission is simple: to enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning.
Union Public Schools has joined with Community Action Project-Tulsa County (CAPTC) to expand its early childhood program. This partnership provides both weekly home-based visitation services for families with infants and toddlers through the age of three; as well as full day educational services at Rosa Park Early Childhood Education Center for Union families with children who turn three by September 1. Both educational programs require that you live in the Union School district and that you qualify via income for program entrance.
Rosa Parks Early Childhood Education Center
13804 E. 46th Place South
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74134
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Main Phone: (918) 357-7380
Principal Lynn McClure
“To this day I believe we are here on the planet Earth to live, grow up and do what we can to make this world a better place for all people to enjoy freedom." -- Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center is NAEYC accredited.
National Association for the Education of Young Children Accreditation (NAEYC) of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhood education. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raise the level of early childhood programs.
Today, more than 7,000 programs are NAEYC Accredited supporting greater readiness for and success in school.
This rigourous process started two years ago with an enrollment request followed by an 18 page application form initiating a year long self assessment process. Multiple staff and family surveys guided our progress as well as ongoing professional development opportunities supporting the development and continum of NAEYC’s 10 assessed standards including Relationships, Curriculum, Teaching, Assessment, Health, Teachers, Families, Community Relationships, Physical Enviornments, and Leadership and Management.
Program commendations were given to the Rosa Parks Early Childhood Center in the areas of Relationships, Teaching, Assessment, Health, Families, Community Relationships and Leadership and Management.
Prekindergarten on the Range
Home Base Visitation Services (Early Head Start)
Early Head Start (EHS) offers free weekly 90-minute home visits by a certified teacher for children between the ages of birth to three, bimonthly parent and child group meetings, resources and referrals to community resources, developmental screenings, and an early partnership between home and school.
Full Day Educational Services (Head Start and State Pilot Project)
Head Start and the State Pilot Project offers a free year-round, full-day developmentally appropriate educational program for children who turn three by September 1, certified teachers in every classroom, referrals to community resources, developmental screenings, and free breakfast, lunch and snack.
The Early Childhood Center utilizes a unique environment, apart from the rest of Union's school sites, to help the classrooms resemble children's homelife. This effect is accomplished through low-level lighting and thoughtful presentation and placement of open-ended authentic materials supporting both academics and social emotional competency. And, of course, lots and lots of hugs and personal attention! The idea is designed to ease children's transition to a school environment and make the center more welcoming. Below are sample classroom environments:
Identity, Community and Long-Term Investigations
Students engage in a variety of activities supporting community and identity, often following a long term investigation though the school year as they build upon lessons they have previously explored. Students work both in small groups and independently while certified teachers offer explorations encouraging creativity, critical thinking skills and socializiation. Parents are integral throughout this process and participate in activitives that encourage and support children.
Lynn McClure joined Union Public Schools in August 1984. She has more than 30 years of experience as an early childhood teacher, a curriculum specialist, and Director of Professional Development. She was named Principal of Rosa Early Childhood Education Center in the fall of 2008.
McClure graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in early childhood and elementary education from Texas A&M University and received her master’s degree in education, with an emphasis on curriculum and supervision, from Oklahoma State University.
McClure is a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA), Oklahoma Early Childhood Association (OECA) and National Head Start Association (NHSA). She has been nominated for Who’s Who Among American Teachers six times and is an adjunct professor at Northeastern State University.