Carnegie Mellon Press Release: April 19, 2004
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Jonathan Potts

For immediate release:
April 19, 2004

Carnegie Mellon Preschools Celebrate Week of the Young Child With "Thinking With Data" Exhibition of Children's Learning

PITTSBURGH—Carnegie Mellon University's two early childhood programs, the Children's School and the Cyert Center for Early Education, are teaming up to celebrate the national Week of the Young Child with "Thinking With Data," an exhibit of children's learning at the University Center Gallery.

Opening Tuesday, April 20, and running through Friday, April 23, the exhibit explores the way children think and learn, and how they organize information. The displays include the children's studies of signs, bones, birds and dolls. The exhibit will be open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday. The theme of this year's exhibit is inspired by the upcoming 33rd Carnegie Symposium on Cognition, which will take place at Carnegie Mellon June 4-6. For more information about the conference, go to

The Week of the Young Child, April 18-24, has been celebrated since 1971 as a way to focus public attention on the needs of young children and to recognize quality early childhood programs. It is sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Children's School was founded 35 years ago and is part of the Department of Psychology at Carnegie Mellon. About 98 children in preschool and kindergarten attend the school, which also serves as a research lab for psychology students studying early childhood cognitive development. The school uses a developmental approach with specific learning goals for children in six categories: self-esteem and independence, interaction and cooperation, communication, discovery and exploration, physical capabilities, and artistic expression and appreciation.

About 130 children are enrolled at the Cyert Center, which provides full-day, year-round education for children ages 3 months through kindergarten. The Cyert Center is inspired by the acclaimed Reggio Emilio philosophy, which is named for the Italian city where it was developed. It is a project-based, arts-infused approach to early childhood education.


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