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Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education

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Established in 1988, the Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education focuses efforts on improving early childhood education (birth through 8 years) in Iowa and beyond. Recognizing that children construct knowledge, intelligence, personality, and morality through active engagement with physical and social environments, the Center supports educational efforts that emphasize children's interest, experimentation, and cooperation.

The mission of the Iowa Regents' Center for Early Developmental Education is to:

  1. Develop research-based programs and curriculum materials that respect the unique developmental needs of young children and their families.

  2. Promote applied and interdisciplinary research in early education.

  3. Disseminate information about developmentally appropriate early education to educators, parents, and the public at state, national, and international levels through workshops, conferences, and publications.

  4. Assist in developing early education programs for at-risk children and their families.

  5. Inform policy makers about the developmental and educational needs of young children and their families.

  6. Promote interinstitutional collaboration among the three State Regents' universities, other educational agencies, and government agencies.

Ramps and Pathways Selected for Iowa STEM Scale Up! 

Iowa STEM Advisory Council  We are pleased to provide professional learning on Ramps & Pathways to over 300 early childhood educators across the state of Iowa. Ramps & Pathways is an integrative STEM activity that fosters children's understanding of force and motion and challenges spatial thinking as they design and engineer ramp and pathway systems to move objects from one point to another. Educators receiving awards will attend two full days of professional learning and materials to implement this activity in their educational settings. Thank you to the Iowa Governor's STEM Advisory Council for this opportunity!