“I learned so much more from the hands-on experience of working with toddlers at the CECC than I would have just reading a textbook. It is one thing to know the history, philosophy and psychology of education but it is much more riveting to experience it and be able to make a difference in young lives.”
Amy Feloney '12
Major: Child, Youth and Community Education
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About the CECC
The Early Childhood Center accomodates 55 children: 7 infants, 18 toddlers, and 30 preschool children. The center is open 51 weeks per year. Infant care is available from 8:00 am to 4:45 pm. Toddler and Preschool care is available from 7:30 am to 5:00 pm.
Convenience of Location
The Curry Early Childhood Center enjoys a unique situation of having a large external community of parents, teachers, adults, and students working together to provide an enriched environment for children.
The center is located on the Curry College campus and has the benefit of many resources not available to other establishments. Children and staff take many field trips that are within walking distance. They can visit the college's library, post office, bookstore, and cafeteria. The tennis courts, football field, and baseball diamond are perfect sites for outdoor activities.
Another advantage is the availability of Curry College students who work with our children. Student teachers from Curry's Education Department complete practica in our classrooms bringing valuable energy and ideas from these new teachers. Work-study students also enrich our classrooms and help us provide diversity, as well as, individual attention for the children.
The Curry College Early Childhood Center was established in the fall of 1981 as part of the Agreement between Curry College and the Curry College Chapter of the American Association of University Professors union (AAUP). Although the center was established and is maintained by contract with the faculty union, non-unit employees at Curry, and community families are invited to join on a space-available basis.
The center began as a parent cooperative and continues to involve parents in many ways. Parents participate in hiring teachers, establishing policies, and reviewing The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations.
The center began with one head teacher and four children. Several more children joined the following spring and the enrollment has grown steadily ever since. In the fall of 2004, the center moved into its new, specially designed facility on the Curry College Campus. Today, the center has five separate classrooms, serving infants, toddlers, and preschool groups.
The center is licensed by:
The Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Department of Education and Care
1250 Hancock Street, Suite 120