The Early Childhood Center
Grounded in a thoughtful, progressive curriculum for children ages two through six, the Early Childhood Center at Sarah Lawrence College is also an observation and research setting for Sarah Lawrence College students interested in child development and teaching. Programs at the Early Childhood Center are modeled as extensions of the Sarah Lawrence pedagogy, with an underlying belief that children are the makers of their own meaning.
What Parents Are Saying
"Besides valuing our children as independent thinkers, creators, and makers of meaning; besides providing opportunities for everyone's voice to be heard; besides everything we hold dear, there is something else about the Early Childhood Center. When you walk into the ECC, whether it be your first time or your 100th, you can feel the building's arms embrace you. Not only is that something needed by our children, but it has proven to be so important to us as parents."
–Laurie Scagnelli, ECC Parent
CDI Hosts Virtual Teacher Dialogue with Educators from Tanzania
After months of dialogue and sharing of early childhood classroom footage between the Early Childhood Center (ECC) and the Janada L. Batchelor Foundation for Children (JBFC), CDI hosted a video call between ECC and JBFC teachers who met for the first time virtually. During the call, teachers shared their reactions, thoughts, and questions after seeing each other's classroom footage. Learn more»
TEDxSLC Talk: Sarah Curtis MA '13
Sarah Curtis MA '13, a teacher and graduate of the Child Development graduate program, attended the ECC when she was a child. The experience of growing up lies at the heart of her interests and endeavors, which include poetry, performing arts, and anything that informs her development as a teacher. Watch a TEDx Talk from Sarah entitled, "Cute is a Four-Letter Word."
Register Now for 2014-2015
We are now accepting registrations for the 2014-2015 school year. Learn more about applying»
Why the Early Childhood Center?
- High adult-to-child ratio
- Progressive education led by teachers knowledgeable in child development and early childhood education
- Rich on-campus opportunities for learning and play
- Morning and afternoon programs
- Named “A Model Preschool” in Child Magazine’s “Best in Children’s Education” issue
ECC Art Archive
The ECC Art Archive was conceived as a tool for viewing the artwork of young children at different developmental stages. All the artwork displayed in the archive was created by children ages two through seven at the Early Childhood Center, where artwork is essential curriculum.