About the Center

The Plymouth State University Center for Young Children and Families was founded in September 1979 by Dr. Kenneth Heuser, Professor, Education Department.  The Center for Young Children and Families is part of the Plymouth State University Department of Early Childhood Studies  and is a laboratory school for early childhood university students.

The Center for Young Children and Families is licensed by the state of New Hampshire.  Since 1995, it has been accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs, the accrediting branch of the National Association for the Education of Young Children.  Accreditation is considered a guarantee of a high-quality program for young children.  Only seven percent of early childhood programs nationwide have achieved this distinction.

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Closing the Gap

When Emily Russell ’15CAGS started teaching 16 years ago, she quickly realized that academics were taking a backseat to her students’ social and emotional needs.

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Student Spotlight: Mae Williams ’14G A Twenty-first-century Preservationist

When Mae Williams ’14G enrolled in the Master of Arts in Historic Preservation program in the fall of 2012, she was drawn to the strength of a program in which, she says, “The professors are not academics locked away amidst a pile of books, but are actually out in the field on a daily basis, […]

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Annual Fund Giving Challenge Inspires More Than 430 Donations in 48 Hours

On November 14 and 15, 2015, Plymouth State University hosted its first giving challenge, #PanthersGiveBack. Alumni couple Wally ’62 and Meredith (Bristow) Stevens ’62 made a generous gift and set the goal: If, in 2 days, 240 alumni stepped forward with an Annual Fund gift to any area of the University, the Stevenses would make a […]