Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development

Goals & Objectives


The ERCCD strives to provide a program which will:

  • enhance each child’s social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development.
  • provide a safe, secure and nurturing learning environment.
  • encourage the development of a positive self-concept.
  • foster a love of learning.
  • encourage children to become independent thinkers who are able to make choices and decisions.
  • develop respect of individuals and value cultural, ethnic, and racial diversity.
  • establish and maintain strong parent/center relationships.
  • help prepare adult students to become early childhood educators, center directors, and/or research scholars in professions and sciences related to early childhood and family.
  • foster and maximize the potential of young children by providing a broad range of learning experiences.
  • foster an optimal early childhood learning environment, which is useful in research endeavors.