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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

The CECE provides opportunities for Eastern students to engage in research assistantships and video production internships. We gratefully accept donations to support our work.

Featured Content and News

Allowing Free Movement During Center Time

Allowing Free Movement During Center Time

This video explains why one program places few limits on children’s play during center time.

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Fostering Social Interactions in Multilingual Learners

Fostering Social Interactions in Multilingual Learners

CECE researchers have published results of a study exploring the factors that influence the peer interactions of multilingual learners.

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Children playing

Effects of Outdoor Play on On-Task Behavior

This video describes a study about how active, outdoor play affects preschoolers’ behavior during group time.

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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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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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Flexible Mealtimes: Learning to Listen to Hunger Cues

Flexible Mealtimes: Learning to Listen to Hunger Cues

This video describes how a part-day program encourages children to eat when they’re hungry and learn to listen to their body’s needs.

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