Early Childhood Education Center


Center Director:
Laura Chestnut, MS
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The Early Childhood Education Center is a preschool learning laboratory for three and four year old children and is an integral component of instructional programming in the Schoold of Human Ecology. The Center also has achieved a 5-star rating from the Louisiana Quality Star Rating system.

Family and Child Studies faculty recognize the interdependence of physical, intellectual, and personality development of children, and the center’s approach reflects an emphasis on developing intelligence in the context of social interaction and physical activity.

Children spend the majority of the day in self-selected activities. The physical environment, daily schedule, and implementation of activities are planned to promote maximum independence in the children.


To demonstrate excellence by providing developmentally appropriate early education consistent with current research and practice.

To provide opportunities for Human Ecology majors to observe, interact with, and teach young children.
To partner with the College of Education in providing student teaching experiences for Early Childhood Education majors.