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Center of Excellence for Early Childhood Learning & Development

College of Education

About Us

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To sustain a national hub of the best practitioners and researchers who link stakeholders in the mission of excellence for young children and their families with a focus on Appalachia.

Mission Statement:

To deliver quality resources and services in early childhood development through a collaborative network of faculty, practitioners, and community stakeholders with excellence in research, practice, advocacy, and resource development.

Core Values:

The faculty and staff of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development value 

  • integrity in how we live and work
  • all people and their quality of life
  • advocacy and voices of influence
  • research, and innovation for the improvements they bring
  • community and the power of its impact
  • professionals who touch the lives of children and their families
  • early childhood professionals and the role we play in the dissemination of knowledge and skills


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