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The College of Education Early Learning Center at the University of West Georgia is a new endeavor aimed at developing a state-of-the-art early childhood site committed to becoming an early childhood research, practice, and policy hub as well as a place for regional community partnership, family engagement, and scholarly expertise.

The four strategic goals of the COE Early Learning Center include: 

  1. Supporting the community’s capacity for inclusive early childhood education and early care programs and supports.
  2. Modeling best-in-class educational practice and programming.
  3. Increasing family and community engagement and partnerships.
  4. Building collective expertise for innovation and comprehensive services.

The following services and programs are housed on-site:

Early Childhood Research Lab

An early childhood research team of more than twenty graduate and undergraduate students supports funded grant projects. These projects include training and support for educators and families, training for early childhood providers, program evaluation, practice-based coaching, and developmental screening of young children.

See our most recent projects.

Georgia Pre-K Program

The preschool program at the COE Early Learning Center is a nationally accredited, state-funded program for four-year old children. Two observation rooms allows the classrooms to facilitate a laboratory school setting.

Visit the UWG Pre-K website

Early Childhood Makerspace

The COE Early Learning Center has a dedicated space for the future home of an early childhood makerspace, a learning environment furnished with innovative learning and building materials that fosters collaboration and making. The makerspace includes a lego wall, an early learning coding lab, and a construction zone.

Learn more about the Makerspace