How Children Learn

3R’s of Early Learning

Research shows three important processes that shape young children’s development and early learning. We refer to these processes as the 3R’s of Early Learning: Relationships, Repetition, Routines ™. These processes are important because they focus on how children learn rather than what they learn.

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Our impact

Our First Decade of Impact

For the past decade, a committed team at the Anita Zucker Center has been working to create a future in which every child experiences nurturing, responsive relationships and quality early learning experiences that create a strong foundation for future life success.

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The A to Z’s of Early Childhood: The Science of Child Development and Learning

We’re leading the way to a future where every child experiences nurturing relationships and quality experiences that create a strong foundation for future life successes.

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Symposium Series

We collaborate with colleagues locally, nationally and globally to take action that improves outcomes for young children, their families and their communities.

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Early Childhood Summit

To address the field’s challenges, the Anita Zucker Center and University of Florida convened transdisciplinary early childhood thought leaders at a national summit.

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Early Intervention Research Team Awarded IES Grant

The Institute of Education Sciences National Center for Special Education Research recently awarded a team of researchers from the Anita Zucker Center $1.39 million to further previous research on embedded instruction for children with disabilities.

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Partnering to Advance Coaching Decisions

The project will demonstrate implementation of the PBC-DIDM model, evaluate fidelity of model implementation in six diverse sites serving young children with disabilities, and examine relationships between practitioners’ fidelity of practice implementation and child(family) outcomes.

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“We have a scientific and moral responsibility to rethink and reshape the way we support young children and their families.”

Dr. Patricia Snyder