The Cornell Early Childhood Program is a network of Cornell faculty and staff, other university faculty, policy-makers, and practitioners linked together through their interest in young children and their families.

The mission of the program is to integrate applied research with teaching, extension outreach, and demonstration in ways that promote greater understanding of young children and their families, and contribute to policies and practices that enhance child growth and development.

Our areas of focus:

  • Early development, care, and education of children from low-income families

  • Early childhood care and education as universal family and community needs

  • Family support in the child care context

  • Integration of early childhood care and education strategies

  • International exchange and comparison in the early childhood arena

This website will be of interest to students, faculty, early childhood practitioners, policymakers, and others concerned with the care and education needs of children, their teachers, and their caregivers.

Support for the Cornell Early Childhood Program comes from the Department of Human Development and the College of Human Ecology, grants and contracts, and the generous contributions of Cornell alumni.