Center for Early Childhood Studies
UTB/TSC’s new Center for Early Childhood Studies will add an important dimension to training student educators while providing a high-quality pre-school for the community’s children. This hands-on laboratory will offer education students real-life situations to practice teaching methods and the most current teaching strategies, as modeled by outstanding practitioners.
Student teachers will not be the only beneficiaries of the new facility. The 160 3-5-year-olds who attend the school will receive an exceptional foundation that will enhance their learning throughout their lives.
“The emphasis will be on developing pre-academic skills such as reading, language acquisition, cognitive and social skills for pre-school children at a time when their minds are demonstrating an incredible capacity for learning,” says Dr. Gayle L. Brogdon, Associate Dean of the College of Education.
Together with the Raul J. Guerra Early Childhood Center, which has welcomed infants through preschool-age children since 1981, the new $5 million center will allow the University to triple the number of children served.
Land for the Center for Early Childhood Studies has already been cleared on the Fort Brown Peninsula. The UTB/TSC Master Plan designates the peninsula as the residential zone of the campus, making this a fitting location for campus-based childcare.