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Change the Way Children Play at the CYC

Raised toward our $7,000 Goal
104 Donors
Project has ended
Project ended on May 06, at 11:59 PM EDT
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Change the Way Children Play at the CYC

On behalf of the Center for Young Children, we want to thank everyone who participated in the Launch campaign that ended on May 6, 2015. It is because of supporters like you we were able to raise $11,343! With these funds we are going to be able to complete phase one of the project which includes a new slide, a vegetable garden, a performing arts stage, and the CYC’s very own Golden Gate Bridge.

You have made an impact at the CYC that will last forever. Thank you again for all of your support.


The Center for Young Children (CYC) is a laboratory school affiliated with the College of Education. Recognized by the National Association of Education of Young Children for exemplary programs.

The CYC is dedicated to:

  • Providing an early childhood program committed to fostering the personal and social development of each child.
  • Stimulating the cognitive, physical, emotional and social development of each child.
  • Supporting child development research


Students from the Architecture, Education, and Plant Science and Landscape Architecture Departments are participating in this national campaign whose mission is to stimulate engagement with the outdoor environment.


These centers will be designed and constructed by students under the mentorship of project managers from landscape contracting companies. They are intended to provide both educational and physical development for the pre-school and kindergarten students. This will be achieved by incorporating the following into the CYC’s outdoor environment:

  • Rain Garden
  • Weather Station
  • Organic Vegetable Garden
  • Water Harvesting System
  • Biodiversity Landscape
  • Hillside Slide
  • Suspension Bridge
  • Swing Center


  • Forever change the way kids play at the Center for Young Children!
  • Stimulate an appreciation for the outdoor environment
  • Expand the educational venues for CYC programs
  • Provide a learning experience for UMD students


We would like to thank Dr. Steven Cohan, Dr. Powell Draper, Rebecca Lower, Amy Laakso, Stefanie Kain, all of the students who have helped with this project, and everyone who has been a part of the Center for Young Children family for everything you have done. The CYC continues to be an integral part of the University of Maryland and we can’t thank you enough for your dedication and hard work.


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.

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Your contribution will help purchase native plantings or vegetable garden supplies.



Your contribution will help us purchase hand tools to garden with.



Your contribution will help us purchase butterfly houses.



Your contribution will help us purchase a weather station or garden furniture.



Your contribution will help us purchase a rain garden bridge or bench swings.



Your contribution will help us purchase our performing arts stage pergola.

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