Because of our affiliation with Yale University, the Center provides a teaching and observation experience for Yale undergraduate and graduate fellows in training at the Yale Child Study Center. We also serve as a training site for other area colleges as well as high school students.

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

Yale Child Study Center and Teacher Preparation Courses

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.

Postgraduate Fellowships

Calvin Hill Day Care Center of Yale University is pleased to announce the Seedlings Teaching Fellowship for the 2016-2017 academic year.

Seedlings Teaching Fellowship

The Seedlings Fellowship in Early Childhood Education and Child Development is designed as a supervised and supported entry into the professional world of early childhood education, childcare, and teaching. Applicants for the Seedlings Fellowship are individuals who have some teaching experience and are interested in further developing their knowledge of early childhood curriculum and skills as early childhood educators.

Fellows work a full 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. Depending on the fellows’ preparation and background, they may have the opportunity to participate in early childhood seminars offered by the Yale Child Study Center.

For more information about the Seedlings Fellowship, please read the Seedlings Announcement.

If you are interested in applying for the Seedlings Fellowship, please download the Seedlings Fellowship Application and the Seedlings Fellowship Reference Form. Applications are due March 7, 2016.

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

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