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Mission

The Center for Early Childhood Education is a multidisciplinary research and training institute at Eastern Connecticut State University. Opened in 2007, the Center is housed in a high-tech facility connected to a model early care and education program. The Center works to enhance the quality of early care and education by:

• Conducting innovative research and disseminating research findings
• Providing professional development opportunities to early childhood teachers and providers
• Developing and disseminating training videos
• Supporting teacher educators and others who prepare future and current early childhood teachers and providers

The Center’s mission is supported by a robust information and media technology infrastructure. The latest in video recording technology enables students and faculty to observe and videotape children without entering the children’s program by manipulating cameras and microphones from faculty offices or classrooms in the Center. Faculty utilize the video technology to:

• Conduct research studies on specific behaviors
• Follow the growth and development of individual children
• Observe the impact of different teaching practices
• Conduct live teaching demonstrations in the children’s program while Eastern’s students observe from their own classrooms
• Record effective teaching practices for use in lectures and trainings
• Record students teaching young children for learning and reflection purposes

Center faculty work closely with teachers in Eastern’s comprehensive children’s program, also known as the Child and Family Development Resource Center (CFDRC). The children’s program serves an economically and ethnically diverse population, including families receiving subsidized child care and families for whom English is a second language. The diversity provides a rich environment for observing children from different backgrounds and for studying what kinds of teaching practices are effective with different populations. The children’s program serves as a laboratory for faculty and student research, student observations, and student practicum experiences.