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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Summer Camp 2019, June 24 - August 2. Details now available.

January 9, 2019 - The Center for Young Children is one of the first offices on campus to attain the UMD Green Office program's  highest award of Platinum. more... 

November 17, 2018 -  All staff and faculty of the Center for Young Children were able to attend the annual National Association for the Education of Young Children’s (NAEYC) conference. more...

October 20, 2018 -  The Center for Young Children annual International Picnic. more...

October 17, 2018 - The CYC participates in Global Handwashing Day with undergraduate College Park Scholars. more.... 

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Phone: 301.405.3168 | Fax: 301.405.2902