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Early Childhood Center Expansion to be featured during Homecoming

September 29, 2011

As part of an expansion of the CSU Early Childhood Center into a new building, the ECC will be featured at this weekend's Homecoming football game.

Last spring, CSU purchased the historic Washington School from the Poudre School District and the building is currently being renovated to house the expanded ECC.

On Saturday, Oct. 1, the ECC children will be at Ram Town prior to the 2 p.m. kick off of the Rams Homecoming game against San Jose State. They also will be on the field during the halftime show. The ECC is part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, which is enrolling new families for the January opening of the center.

The new center will help to meet a critical need of the university and Fort Collins community by providing childcare for infants and toddlers in addition to preschoolers, serving 100-150 families.

Thanks to the support of CSU students, funding from the University Facilities Fee is supporting the purchase and renovation, and private funds also are being dedicated to the project.

The new building provides a significant gain in physical space, expanding from its current 5,000 square feet on campus to 17,000 square feet, nearly tripling the playground area available to children and adding infant and toddler care.

As a high-quality lab school, the center trains professionals in research-based techniques in the care and education of young children. It provides a cutting-edge learning opportunity for about 400 CSU students each year from seven different units or departments across campus including human development and family studies, occupational therapy, food science and nutrition, and teacher and principal preparation.

Students engage in internships, projects, observational learning, and obtain research and childcare experience at the center. The lab school provides an opportunity for CSU researchers and students to learn more about how to educate and understand the needs of children.

The new building will provide teaching and learning opportunities for students and CSU researchers from many other areas at the university, including programs as diverse as in fine arts, health and exercise science, gardening and food production, and psychology.

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is in the College of Applied Human Sciences. Find out more about the Early Childhood Center at

Contact: Gretchen Gerding
Phone: 970.491.5182