Early childhood education students and faculty learn and study together as an academic learning community
dedicated to the promotion of scholarship and research, teaching, and community service in the field
of early childhood education. Through collaboration among faculty, students, and community partners,
we examine knowledge and create new directions for leadership and classroom practice in early
childhood education. We are dedicated to high quality early childhood theory, practice, advocacy,
and policy in South Florida and throughout the world. Our courses emphasize diversity and democracy,
engaging students in a range of learning activities, explorations, and projects to benefit all young
children and to promote their rights.
We envision early childhood educators who demonstrate excellence in classroom teaching, research, advocacy,
We envision educators who continue to ask questions, create new solutions, and explore new possibilities in
theory and practice.
We envision a world transformed through early childhood education, with young children and their families as
the heart of our communities.
The world renews its vision, recreates itself, and becomes community through the eyes of children. To educate
their minds and hearts is our greatest passion. To give young children the opportunity to think, to reason,
to create, and to discover, builds the foundation for the future and opens new possibilities for our
community’s growth and development. Children come into the world with their unique gifts and talents,
their endless curiosity and intelligence, their resilience, their enthusiasm, and their ability to love
and beloved. Children are the heart of our heart, and they touch the deepest places in our souls. Our
passion is to nurture them and to empower them to eventually guide us, to make us and our world better
for generations to come.