Imagine reliving a time when wonder and discovery filled our days.
Imagine childhood, reinvented.
We opened the Harold E. Jones Child Study Center way back in 1928, when
the whole idea of developmental psychology was just taking its first baby
steps. Now we're poised to take our knowledge, and our learning, a step
further. We need your help to create a network of service, professional
development, and advocacy in early childhood education.
Expanding our embrace.
As unabashed idealists, we know that the path to a more perfect world
is built on a simple foundation: a caring environment, a sense of curiosity
and access to a well-rounded, stimulating education. Before we even begin
to talk about achieving ideals of social diversity, we have to address
the fundamental hurdles of economic diversity. The UC Berkeley community
needs adequate and affordable early childhood services, and you can help
us provide them.
Learning from the ground up.
We've designed the Early Childhood Education Center to be a place you'd
love if you were two feet tall and just learning to fingerpaint. Imagine
spaces configured just for you: rooms for infants and toddlers that open
onto a garden and outdoor play equipment. While the children learn through
play, we'll learn from them. Graduate students and educators will be invited
to observe and interact with the youngsters.
Care for a child, CREATE the future.
Early childhood education is not babysitting. It's the foundation of social
development. It anticipates the future. Calling upon its resources in
the schools of Psychology, Social Welfare, and Education, Berkeley will
be the first campus in the UC system to offer degree programs in Early
Childhood Studies. UC Berkeley students may soon be able to select an
inter-disciplinary undergraduate minor in Early Childhood Studies or choose
an interdisciplinary masters degree in this field. A summer institute
will provide leadership training for early education program managers,
center directors, advocates, and policy leaders, so that what we learn
at the Center can be replicated across the country.
A child's mind is a lasting legacy.
We're building the new Early Childhood Education Center thanks to $6.4
million from generous donors and commitments from the University. Next,
we want to build an educational infrastructure-the programs, insights,
practices and philosophies that will establish a strong base of care and
learning beyond our walls.
We can't do that alone. Just as a baby thrives in a community of care,
we need collective will to build an enviable system of early childhood
There are many ways you can
help. Your gift could be directed to the Early Childhood Education
Program Annual Fund to be used where the need is greatest. Or, your
gift could be directed to the Program in support of scholarships for
children of low income faculty and staff, for research and training
related to best practices in early childhood education, or for the
new facility fund. The link provides a way you can support these initiatives.
And, for more information about
any of these Program goals, please contact Maryellen Himell, UC Berkeley's
Director of Development and Community Relations for the Division of
Student Affairs, at 510 643-5810. After all, you don't often have a
chance to reinvent childhood.
Make a secure credit card gift
Mail or fax a gift - Click here to get Acrobat Reader
Director of Development and Community Relations
Division of Student Affairs
203 Sproul Hall #1503
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-1530