We believe the science of early development forms a sound basis for improving practice and policy for all young children and families, and in particular for those who experience adversity in the first years of life.

Our mission

We believe all young children deserve the opportunity to grow and develop to their full potential in safe and nurturing environments with opportunities for learning.

We strive to improve policies and practices to support all young children, their families, and the professionals who serve them through our services.

Our philosophy

To us, all work with children, families, and the individuals who work with them should be relationship-based, culturally sensitive, grounded in an understanding of developmental theory and research, and supported by reflective practice.

Our history

Since 1975, we’ve supported early education professionals who help children from infancy through age eight learn and develop to the best of their abilities.

CEED is a center within the Institute of Child Development (Department of Child Psychology) at the University of Minnesota. The Institute is a premier center of scholarship, teaching, and research that is devoted to understanding and supporting how children learn and grow.

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