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Center for Early Childhood Education

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CECEThe Center for Early Childhood Education (CECE) is an internationally recognized research and professional development institute focused on enhancing the quality of early care and education through:

Innovative research on child development and teacher-child interactions
Educational videos on best practice
Publications sharing research findings
Professional development and online trainings for those who work with young children and their families

Featured Content and News

Do Toys Need to be Introduced?

Do Toys Need to be Introduced?

This video describes findings from a 3-year study on how group time toy discussions affect children’s play quality.

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man sitting with children

Helping Children Develop Empathy, Justice

Vivian Paley explains the importance of supporting the development of children’s empathy and sense of justice from their earliest days.

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Children playing

A Study of the Play of Dual Language Learners

This video highlights findings and teaching implications of a study of how dual language learners interact with their peers during play.

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Ten years of TIMPANI

What Makes a Good Toy?

This video describes the key attributes of toys that inspire high-quality play in preschool classrooms, based on the lessons learned from ten years of the TIMPANI Toy Study.

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Self Care

The Importance of Self-Care for ECE Professionals

A new video on preventing burn-out and focusing on long-term wellness.

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Family play and toddler development

Online Training Modules

This month’s featured training is on supporting families to engage in play with their toddlers. Watch a video preview for this and other free trainings for home visitors.

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