CYC reopened on September 14, 2020, with a school day of 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and smaller class sizes.

There are limited pre-K spots available. Anyone interested in enrollment should contact Jennifer Haislip at or 301-405-3168.


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 6 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.

The Center for Young Children is an inclusive laboratory and demonstration school at the University of Maryland, whose mission is to:

  1. Educate and care for young children in a developmentally appropriate manner.

  2. Prepare and train university students for careers in education and other related professions focused on children. 

  3. Support and facilitate research on child development and related fields by serving as a research and observation facility.

Please join us to learn more about the CYC.

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October 6, 2020 -  The CYC has opened this fall for a fulltime core day  with smaller classes as a response to covid-19.

September 14, 2020 - Smaller in person classrooms open. To see how some of the teacher's redesigned their classrooms to optomize social distancing see images in the CYC photo gallery.

May 28, 2020 - The CYC annual Family Dance goes on virtually.

April 27, 2020 - Earth Day and Arbor Day are celebrated virtually with CYC students.

Link to Photo Gallery

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Bldg. 381, 4028 Valley Drive, College Park, MD 20742
Phone: 301.405.3168 | Fax: 301.405.2902