This year, the Center for Young Children (CYC) is celebrating its 75th anniversary. If you’ve ever had the opportunity to visit, you know that the CYC is a special place. With a project-based approach to our curriculum, children learn how to study the world around them in-depth, formulating questions and engaging in experiences to learn the answers to those questions. Our location on campus gives them access to people, places, and things that allow them to explore art, biology, construction, and so much more.
The College of Education can trace the origins of the CYC to the University of Maryland Kindergarten, which opened its doors in 1948. Over the past 75 years, we have provided space for more than 5,000 children to learn and grow!
The CYC also benefits the College of Education and the greater campus community, serving early childhood research and offering current UMD students co-curricular opportunities like classroom observation, internships, and student teaching. Donations of any size help provide necessary facility and playground upgrades, support professional development for our teachers, and purchase materials to support children with widely varying physical and learning needs. A gift to the Center for Young Children Operating Fund ensures we adapt to serve our community and remain at the forefront of early childhood education and research.
Help us to mark our 75th Anniversary with a gift to the Center for Young Children today.
Gifts in support of the University of Maryland are accepted and managed by the University of Maryland College Park Foundation, Inc., an affiliated 501(c)(3) organization authorized by the Board of Regents. Contributions to the University of Maryland are tax deductible as allowed by law. Please see your tax advisor for details.
A gift of $50 will cover the application fee for one family who otherwise may not be able to apply to CYC.
A gift of $100 will help provide vital learning supplies to our CYC classrooms.
A gift of $250 will support professional development opportunities for CYC teachers.
A gift of $500 will support financial aid for families who otherwise could not afford to attend CYC.
A gift of $1,000 will cover the entire afternoon gathering fee for one student and their family. Afternoon gathering is the CYC's daily afterschool programming from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
A gift of $2,500 will cover the entire tuition and fees for one student to participate in CYC's annual Summer Camp. CYC Summer Camp 2023 will run from June 26th to August 4th, 8:30am to 5:30pm daily.