Inspiration and Impact

A New Home for Early Childhood Education

March 2013

After a two-year renovation of the historic Washington school at 223 South Shields St., the Colorado State University Early Childhood Center opened its doors on January 7.

The renewed building houses a full-day, full-year program serving children six weeks to six years of age. The Early Childhood Center serves CSU employees and students, and also is open to families in the Fort Collins community. In relocating to the renovated Washington school, the ECC gained 12,000 square feet of space, expanding it from three classrooms to seven classrooms, and moving from current playground space of 6,500 square feet to space three times that size. State-of-the-art learning and teaching practices are implemented throughout the building.

As the lab school for the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences (formerly Applied Human Sciences), the ECC has been in existence for more than 80 years, training university students as early childhood professionals and providing state-of-the-art care and education to preschoolers. The ECC also serves as a campus resource for research and discovery into child and family development and early childhood education, and children within its care benefit from the latest innovations in early childhood education and care.

Accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and as a member of the National Coalition for Campus Child Care, the ECC has an outstanding local and national reputation.

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