Students in the Pacific University Early Learning Community don’t just get an excellent early childhood education; they also get a little healthcare on the side.
The College of Education runs the Early Learning Community in Berglund Hall, on the Forest Grove Campus, where it serves as a demonstration site highlighting best practices in early childhood development and education.
Master’s level teachers provide early childhood education — preschool through, starting next year, second grade — for local children. Meanwhile, students in Pacific’s undergraduate and graduate teacher preparation programs are able to use the school as an opportunity for observation, practice and research.
Professional students in other Pacific programs also offer services for the children as a way of practicing their own pediatric skills.
Audiology students may conduct hearing screenings; speech-language pathology students assess children’s language development; and optometry students test children’s vision and eye health.
Most recently, students in Pacific’s bachelor of music therapy program offered weekly music classes for the young children.