Calvin Hill Day Care Center, in collaboration with the Yale Child Study Center, is proud to offer one Fellowship opportunity for the 2018-2019 academic year. Our fellowship program is a unique combination of engagement in a high quality preschool classroom setting and participation in related courses in a nationally renowned child development clinic. The one-year program is designed as a supervised and supported entry into the professional world of early childhood education, childcare, and clinical work with young children.

The Carla Horwitz Fellowship in Child Development and Early Childhood Education

This program is for individuals with an interest in child development, early childhood education, and clinical evaluations and interventions with young children and their families. Carla Horwitz Fellows participate in the weekly seminar, “Clinical Child Development and Assessment of Young Children” at the Yale Child Study Center. Fellows observe senior clinicians conducting developmental assessments and participate in the ongoing discussion of diagnostic formulations. Through this exposure, Fellows become familiar with the processes of clinical referrals, diagnostic assessment, how clinicians think about the behaviors of children in groups, the differences between an educational and a therapeutic intervention, and models for working with children in an educational setting. Graduates of this fellowship have gone on to pursue advanced degrees in medicine, psychiatry, and education.


work a full teaching schedule at Calvin Hill and become integral members of the highly experienced teaching team. Under the supervision of their mentor, they gradually assume all the responsibilities of a teacher over the course of the year. They are involved in all aspects of the program including planning curriculum for large and small groups as well as individual children, leading activities, maintaining the classroom and materials, and participating in parent conferences. Their growing participation enables them to become immersed in and to share all aspects of the early childhood classroom environment.

Calvin Hill is a nationally accredited, model educational preschool and Kindergarten program for the children of Yale and New Haven community families. Calvin Hill and the Yale Child Study Center value diversity in the families they serve and their staff. Families pay tuition based upon a sliding fee scale and the Center is an inclusive community, serving around sixty children from a wide variety of ethnic and economic backgrounds.

The fellowship begins in August 2018 and end in July 2019. Fellows have full health coverage provided through the Yale Health Plan. Health Plan application forms must be submitted in August. Fellows receive a one-year stipend of $23,100. Checks are issued twice a month beginning in the middle of September.

For more information about our Fellowship program, please read the Fellowship Announcement.

If you are interested in applying for one of our Fellowships, please download the Fellowship Application and the Fellowship Reference Form. Applications are due March 5, 2018.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Susan Taddei, Director, at

Yale Child Study Center and Teacher Preparation Courses

The Director is on the faculty at the Yale Child Study Center and teaches three undergraduate child development courses at Yale.

Early Childhood Methods

The course deals with the development of curricula for young children. Goals are to deepen insights and develop critical analysis of educational programs for young children in light of current research and developmental theory. Understanding of the ongoing processes of curriculum development, creating a responsive environment, and working with families and other members of the teaching team will be a significant focus of the course.

Language, Literacy, and Play

There is a widespread consensus that play is an essential component of a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum. Research indicates that play enhances a child’s creativity, intellectual development and social emotional development. This course will demonstrate the complicated role that play has in the development of language and literacy skills. A major part of each topic presentation will be a discussion of the role that play has in the curriculum in enhancing each developmental area. Literacy skills include speaking, listening, attending, reading and writing. Because learning to play, learning language and learning literacy skills are all part of the process of thinking and communication, the course will provide a view which attempts to demonstrate the integration of language, literacy and play in an early childhood education curriculum.

Theoretical aspects of each of these developmental areas will be examined first, and it will be that theoretical understanding which will be the basis upon which ideas about curriculum will be explored, experienced and discussed.

Child Study

The goal of this course is for students to develop a theoretical base in child development and behavior and to become sensitive and careful observers of young children. During the seminar we will consider aspects of cognitive, social, physical and emotional development. The course is taught from the perspective of a developmental interectionist approach. It gives an overview of the major theories in the field but will focus on the complex interaction between the developing self and the environment. Students have the opportunity to see how programs for young children use psychodynamic and interactional theories to inform their philosophy and curriculum.

All students spend three hours per week as a participant observer in one of three Yale affiliated child care programs.

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