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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Next Steps

Grant-funded Program Prepares Special Education Teachers » Looking over a classroom of a dozen junior high school students at Plymouth Elementary School, special education intern Jennifer Kay ’99 worries what the future holds for the class of kids with mental and physical challenges. “I have doubts about where some of my students will be in […]

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Coming Soon: Merrill Place Residence Hall and Conference Center

Starting fall 2017, Plymouth State students will have a new residence hall to call home. To accommodate its growing enrollment, the University recently began construction on Merrill Place Residence Hall and Conference Center, a seven-story building that will house up to 350 students. “Merrill Place’s design is in line with the evolving housing preferences of […]

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A New Day, A New Way of Giving

Thanks to life in the digital age, when information is as close as a swipe and a tap away, old-school philanthropy has been turned on its head. Donors want—and can find—more information about the causes and organizations they support. They want to feel confident that their gift is going to make a difference; and with […]