Decades of research investigating early childhood care and education provide clear evidence that high-quality early experiences set children on a positive developmental trajectory. Children with access to reliable healthcare, who live in families who are engaged in the workforce, and who receive high-quality early care and education have better early school experiences and ultimately experience better life outcomes than children who do not.
The CHILD Center is an innovative and collaborative partnership that works to bring the collective experience and expertise of several different organizations together to give children, families, and child care professionals the best experience possible. The CHILD Center provides both high quality early learning for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years old and serves as a model demonstration center where teachers, researchers, and policymakers will come to study and learn best practices in early childhood care and education, professional preparation, and innovative models for translating research findings to practice.
820 SW 62nd Terrace, Gainesville, FL 32607
6:30am – 7:00pm
The CHILD Center Head Start classrooms joined all the other Head Start Classrooms in Alachua County this week in a holiday concert! Check out the CHILD Center Facebook page for videos and more pictures!read more
Today, we were lucky to welcome two special guests to the CHILD Center - Mayor Lauren Poe and Gainesville Sun Opinions Editor Nathan Crabbe. The kids were all very excited to have some reading time with these special guests. This is just another example of how our...read more
UF's Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies research scientist, Dr. Herman Knopf, works with CHILD Center staff and our partners at ELC to bring the Zucker Center's Practice-Based Coaching model to classrooms across Alachua County. Here, our...read more