About the Center for Excellence in Child Development

The Center for Excellence in Child Development (CECD) is a comprehensive service provider translating current research into effective practice. Training, technical assistance, and evaluation services are designed to foster successful programs through the development of caregiving and teaching practices, as well as management and administrative support. In addition, the Center conducts research that informs policy and practice.

Services are available in rural and major metropolitan locales. They include:

  • Continuing education courses in early childhood education and mental health, program administration, coaching and supervision, and training for trainers.
  • Program evaluation and consultation
  • Conference coordination and presentations by key leaders in the field
  • Training in the use of assessment tools
  • Workshops in multiple languages

Research shows a strong correlation between caregivers' participation in professional development and the quality of care offered to young children.