Welcome to the Center for Young Children (CYC)!  As a laboratory school under the College of Education since 1948, CYC has provided a sound early childhood program for children from 3 to 5 years of age.   Our program is grounded in the philosophy of John Dewey who believed in the ability of children to learn from high-quality firsthand experiences. Children study their world by questioning, hypothesizing, and summarizing information on how the world works. The University community is a rich primary source of discovery for the children. Our mission is threefold:

  • Educating preschool and kindergarten children
  • Providing professional opportunities for both pre service and veteran teachers
  • Supporting research on how children develop and learn

Please join us to learn more about the CYC.

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August 2018 -  CYC Camp Uses Many UMD Resources to Enhance Summer Learning more...

CYC Red Room Preschoolers featured on Junkyard Empire

May 17, 2018 -   Center for Young Children earned the highest possible rating for quality from the Maryland EXCELS program. CYC received five of five possible checkmarks from the state quality rating and improvement system for its overall score. more...

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