The new Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies brings together faculty and programs that focus on child development, child life, early childhood education, and family studies. Our vision is to be known for our unmatched expertise, accessibility, and impact through our preparation of outstanding, future professionals and through our service to Indiana families, schools, and communities.
We work hard to give our students meaningful and realistic experiences to prepare them to improve the lives of children and families. We have accordingly prioritized our funding to support the following:
- Enhance and expand programming at the new Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center to give students meaningful practice working with children and providing resources for their families. The center represents a new partnership between the BSU Child Study Center and the YMCA Apple Tree Child Development Center. It will provide care for children across the local community. State of the art educational resources can ensure a quality experience for our students, along with the children and their families served by the center.
- Support field experiences for students, allowing them to serve and learn at locations away from campus. Students become exposed to diverse communities and unique settings that expand their preparation for working with children and families. Students also benefit when they can present their own scholarly work to other professionals and contribute to and support their future professions.
- Provide scholarships to attract and support diverse students who might otherwise struggle to meet the financial demand of higher education. As a new department, we have limited scholarship offerings but hope to support as many of our students as possible in the future.
Please join our efforts to support the lives of children and families in our local community and beyond. Let’s work together to make a difference!