Carnegie Mellon University

The Cyert Center for Early Education is a full-day early care and education program at Carnegie Mellon University, with two locations in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh for children ranging in age from 12 weeks through Kindergarten. The centers are open year-round from 7:15am to 6:00pm. Daily routines include small group time, mixed age group activities, outdoor explorations and quiet time. Meals and snacks are provided and prepared by the kitchen staff at the Morewood Avenue location.

The Cyert Center first opened in 1971 and was called The Carnegie Mellon University Childcare Center. Throughout its 46 year history the program has maintained a deep commitment to offer children the highest quality of care and education. We recognize the potential of each child, the vital contributions parents make to the center community, and the importance of professional development for educators and staff. For more than 25 years, our program has engaged in a serious study of the Reggio Emilia Approach. We are a social constructivist program which utilizes a developmentally appropriate, materials-rich negotiated curriculum that embraces the children’s right to learn and express their ideas, questions, and theories in a myriad of ways. 

The program is licensed by the Department of Human Services and the PA Department of Private Academic Schools, and accredited through the National Association for the Education of Young Children.