Aide with children in the sandbox

Center for Young Children (CYC)

UM Students


Undergraduate students maintain a noticeable presence at CYC as employees, pre-service classroom participants, and interns. Teachers display photos of these students and information about their work/placement schedules in the classrooms. All contribute in significant ways toward realizing the CYC’s mission and to the most effective functioning of each classroom.


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Student Aides

Student aide hiring for Spring 2024 semester is now OPEN. Please download the application linked above and email to Assistant Director Anne Daniel at

These student employees provide assistance in our classrooms or front office in many ways.  Classroom duties include interacting with the children throughout the day, both inside and outside, as well as helping with general housekeeping duties.   In order to meet State licensing and national accreditation staffing standards, initial priority for interviews for these positions may be given to students who are majoring in education/related fields.           

Instructional videos for employed students.  

Other Students at CYC

Family Science Interns

FMSC 477 “Internship and Analysis in Family Science” students have chosen to complete their 120 hour internship (required for graduation) at CYC. They have identified ways in which a CYC placement can best help them integrate the theories and practices of their discipline with their future career objectives. Their duties can include interacting with children, supervising small groups of children, as well as working on special projects that enable them to accomplish personal goals. This is a semester-long placement.

Scheduling Observations for Class Assignments

Your instructor will make arrangements with the center and let you know the dates and times available. Call the front desk at 301-405-3168 to make your reservations within those dates and times. Please fill out observation paperwork in advance of your visit.

To arrange for your students to observe at the Center for Young Children email Jennifer Haislip or call her at 301-405-3168 prior to the start of the semester. Every student who observes must complete the observation form listed under "Scheduling Observations for Class Assignments" on this page.