Our mission is to provide the best quality education and care for children
and to become a national model for early childhood education.
In addition to providing a healthy learning environment for
children, the Center provides an opportunity for researchers to
study and implement the best practices in the classroom. USC
students and faculty from education, nursing, school of library and
information science psychology, art, music and medicine are involved
at the center as part of their educational experiences.
The USC Child Development and Research Center is located
at 1530 Wheat Street, near the corner of Wheat Street and Pickens
Street next to the Blatt Physical Education Center.
28,000 square feet, with a first-floor child development center and second-floor
research center with research space, classrooms for adult learning and offices.
- How many --200 children ages 6 weeks - 11 years. Of those about
165-170 are in full-time care, and 25 children are in after school care,
vacation school and summer camps.
- Hours -- 7:00 a.m. - 6:30 p.m. Monday - Friday.
- How much -- $4.1 million.
- Who -- The Center is a non-profit organization.
- Designer -- Architect Jeff Stroud of Columbia.
- Builder -- Columbia-based Mashburn Construction Co.
Design -- Louis Torelli, Faculty of WestEd Center for Infant/Toddler
- Playground Design -- Dr. Joe Frost, Consultant: Grounds
for Play, Design and Equipment.