Carnegie Mellon University

The Cyert Center for Early Education - Morewood Avenue

History
The Cyert Center for Early Education - Morewood Avenue is located on the first floor of the Morewood Gardens dormitory. This space was originally a Carnegie Mellon dining facility and in 1997, was renovated to house the Cyert Center for Early Education, which had been located in the basement below. The new space provided the opportunity to begin an infant-toddler program.

Structure
The Morewood Avenue location serves 127 children ranging in age from 12 weeks through six years (Kindergarten). The facility is made up of an Infant Wing, two Young Toddler classrooms that function as one, an Older Toddler classroom, two Preschool classrooms and one PreK/Kindergarten classroom. In addition, there are shared play areas, a studio, a kitchen and an outside playground. The space was designed to build community, encourage collaboration, and provide space for both small and large group work.

Professional Team
Educators have a passion for early childhood education, are lifelong learners, demonstrate commitment to the program’s philosophy of the Reggio Emilia Approach and Developmentally Appropriate Practice, and uphold the NAEYC code of ethics. They are responsible for providing a nurturing, consistent, developmentally appropriate environment that meets the cognitive, emotional, social, and physical needs of young children.

The Professional Team includes:

  • 1 Director
  • 2 Assistant Directors
  • 1 Business Operations Specialist
  • 1 Program & Communication Coordinator
  • 6 Educational Coordinators
  • 23 Early Childhood Educators
  • 2 Studio Educators
  • 1 Head Chef, 1 Assistant Chef, 1 Dishwasher