The Early Learning Center

A total learning center for children ages 6 weeks to 5 years

The Fairfield University Early Learning Center is designed to provide quality daycare services at a reasonable cost. The Center also serves as a resource for the study of early childhood development in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions and the School of Nursing.

The Early Learning Center provides the following:

  • An early care and education program based on accepted and researched theories of literacy and child development
  • Individualized programs designed to meet the needs of each child
  • Curriculum that is child-oriented
  • Teaching staff who have specialized educational training in child development and developmentally appropriate practice with young children, including health, safety, and nutritional guidelines
  • A healthy, safe, physical environment in an attractive 3,000 sq. ft. facility designed in New England colonial style featuring separate indoor and outdoor areas for pre-school children, toddlers, and infants
  • An environment that respects family's culture and encourages family participation
  • Staff who show respect and affection for children and families interacting with them in caring ways
  • Staff who are knowledgeable about illness prevention, nutrition education, and safety concerns

Fairfield University is pleased to offer an Early Learning Center on campus (Coughlin Road) that will provide your child with a safe and attractive daycare environment that features programming responsive to your child's individual needs and challenges each child's development potential.

This program will empower the children in it with high self-esteem that will enable them to be productive within their families, their relationships with peers, and eventually within their communities.

The Fairfield University Educational Advisor to the Early Learning Center is Dr. Ryan Colwell, assistant professor of Childhood Education in the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions (GSEAP).

For more information on registration and openings, please contact Dr. Bob Hannafin, Dean of the Graduate School of Education and Allied Professions at (203) 254-4250 or via e-mail at

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