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About CEED

The Center for Early Education and Development (CEED) at the University of Minnesota has spent over 40 years helping children from infancy through age eight to learn and develop to the best of their abilities. Through research and community outreach, we strive to effect positive change in early education, child care, and public policy.

CEED promotes ongoing coordination and expansion of academic leaders interested in early education and development and provides leadership in the University's ongoing effort to engage the people and programs of Minnesota in ways that make real contributions to our quality of life. CEED is strong, vital, and positioned for an exciting future.


CEED's mission is to improve developmental outcomes for children through:

Applied Research – Identify pressing community needs and conduct focused, high-impact studies to solve the problems. Identify experiences and program options that promote young children's development and the skills of individuals who serve them.

Policy - Share knowledge widely to support program and policy development, strategic partnerships, and early childhood advocacy.

Professional Development – Provide current and future early childhood professionals with professional development that brings this knowledge to individuals who can use it. See CEED's professional development goals.

CEED also serves as the Early Childhood Program Area for the Institute on Community Integration (ICI), a federally designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), part of a national network of programs across the country known as the American Association of University Affiliated Programs (AAUAP).

CEED Stories: 2010 Biennial Report

What an exciting two years it has been since our last CEED Report! We have undergone incredible growth while ushering in substantial changes in response to developing needs and circumstances within the University and the larger community of early childhood. Many additional new initiatives have emerged at CEED. This report highlights some of them—and the dedicated and talented faculty, staff, students and community partners who make them possible. - From the Directors

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