In February 2008, PNC established the Center for Early Learning (CEL), a community engagement arm of the Early Childhood Education Program, as a tangible response to address the need for a Northwe
st Indiana support network for the education and professional development of all working on behalf of the healthy development of young children (i.e., birth to age 8) and their families.
Dr. Mary Jane Eisenhauer, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Education, conceptualized and proposed the creation of the Center for Early Learning, as well has served as the founding director of the Center since February 2008.
The CEL leads and manages a variety of initiatives to multiple stakeholders (e.g., current students, alumni, professionals, families, community partners) that integrate the learning, discovery, and engagement traditions of Purdue University.
The Center for Early Learning’s key approach to ensuring all Indiana children thrive and develop from birth to age 8 focuses on undergraduate student development using a service engagement pedagogy as a means to address the National Association for the Education of Young Children NAEYC Standards for Early Childhood Professional Preparation (n.d.). PNC student involvement with the CEL has increased with the growing enrollment in the early childhood teacher education program. Several opportunities for students are available through the Center for Early Learning including mini-grants, community service, and service engagement.
Our mission is to serve as the Northwest Indiana support network for the education and professional development of all working on behalf of the healthy development of young children and their families.
Save the Date
Saturday, April 27, 2019
Early Childhood Conference
Toll-free (855) 608-4600 ext. 5458
1401 S. US Hwy 421, Westville, IN 46391
Our ultimate goal is for all Indiana children to thrive and develop from birth to age 8.