Introduction

The Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Penn State offers two on-campus day care centers for children ages 6 weeks to 6 years. These centers operate on the belief that children learn primarily through play and exploration of their environment while engaged in relationships with peers and responsive adults; therefore, the curricula are driven by the children's interests.

Both centers offer classrooms with mixed-age groupings in which children learn from each other as well as from the setting itself. Large outdoor play areas extend the learning environment, and beyond the centers' gates lies the beautiful Penn State campus and surrounding town, which offer wonderful opportunities for walks and excursions.

Both centers are staffed by full-time teachers who are highly skilled and trained in fields such as human development and family studies, early childhood education, elementary education, and special education. The teachers are brought together by a shared love and commitment to providing the best care and education for children and their families.