History - Cyert Center for Early Education - Carnegie Mellon University


Originally known as the Carnegie Mellon Child Care Center, the Cyert Center was founded in 1971 by a group of women faculty members desiring a full day, quality childcare program on campus. Since then, we have grown from a program for 13 children located in the basement of the Morewood Gardens dormitory to our current enrollment of 140 children between 3 months of age and kindergarten located on the first floor of the Morewood Gardens building. Our name honors Margaret Shadick Cyert, longtime advocate for early childhood education, and her late husband, Dr. Richard M. Cyert, President Emeritus of CMU.

Over our history, the Cyert Center has always been a community that is committed to the highest quality care and education for young children. We believe that all children are thinkers, researchers, and problem solvers. Our program revolves around the valuing of development of relationships, open dialogue, and collaborations, which we believe supports the development of strong relationships between all members of our community: children, parents, educators, and the communities beyond these walls. Professional development has also always been a cornerstone of our program.