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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Cracking the Glass Ceiling in Athletics Administration 

When alumna Kim Bownes ’07G was named Director of Athletics in January, she added another crack to a glass ceiling in collegiate athletics. She joined the group of women leading National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III athletics departments who make up just 29 percent of DIII athletics directors, according to the 2016 report by […]

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Congratulations to the Class of 2016

PSU President Donald L. Birx at the 145th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, May 14, 2016, his first as president, and the first to be held in ALLWell North. Nearly 1,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral degrees were awarded before a crowd of 4,500 guests. Photo highlights>> Watch the video>>

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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 […]