The mission of The Center for Young Children and Families is to provide high-quality early childhood programs to young children and their families. A high-quality program is identified by its ability to offer comprehensive learning experiences through a planned environment. Childcare is only one component of the program. Within the Center environment, the developmental needs of the children are planned for in a consistent and secure setting offering developmentally appropriate practices. As part of the Education Department at Plymouth State University, the Center is a model early childhood program for the training of students in the fields of early childhood studies and child development.