Carnegie Mellon University

The Cyert Center for Early Education — Penn Avenue

The Cyert Center for Early Education — Penn Avenue opened in 2017 in response to the need for additional high-quality child care for the Carnegie Mellon University community. In the summer of 2022, a project to expand the Penn Avenue location was launched, resulting in our ability to offer more than 100 additional childcare spaces as of September 25, 2023. The program is located in the university-owned building at 6555 Penn Avenue.


The Penn Avenue location serves children ranging in age from 12 weeks through 5 years. The facility is made up of multiple infant, young toddler, older toddler, and preschool classrooms. In addition, there is a shared play area, a studio, two kitchenettes and an outside playground. The design of the Penn Avenue space was informed by the design of the Morewood Avenue location. Windows between classrooms and classrooms that all open up to the shared play space area help support the building of community, collaboration and curricular development.

Professional Team

  • 1 associate director
  • 1 assistant director
  • 1 business operations specialist
  • 1 program and communication coordinator
  • 4 educational coordinators
  • 18 early childhood educators
  • 1 studio educator
  • 1 kitchen assistant

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