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Center for Young Children (CYC)

The CYC is a research center and laboratory school within the department of Human Development and Quantitative Methodology within the College of Education. Founded in 1948, the CYC strives to meet our triple mission of providing a high-quality early childhood program for children from 3 to 5 years of age, training preservice teachers and other child and family-focused university students, and supporting child development research.   

Our curriculum is grounded in research about how children develop and learn. We borrow from philosopher and educational theorist  John Dewey, who believed in the ability of children to learn from high-quality firsthand experiences. Children study their world by questioning, hypothesizing, analyzing, and summarizing information about how the world works. The University community is a rich primary source of discovery for the children.

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