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.