The Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies is an interdisciplinary center at the University of Florida. Our work is dedicated to advancing knowledge, policy and practices in early childhood studies. Early childhood studies is an interdisciplinary field focused on young children birth to age 5, their families, and the contexts that support their health, development, learning and well-being.

To accomplish its mission, the center partners with, and draws upon the expertise of faculty from colleges throughout UF. Our research and practice collaborators, also dedicated to addressing the needs of vulnerable children and their families, are from the colleges of Education, Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions and other disciplines.

Our center is also represented by faculty administrators from Baby Gator Child Development and Research Center, and the UF Office of Human Resource Services. Anita Zucker Center members engage with local, state, national and international partners; as well as children, families and communities. Forging a commitment among diverse stakeholders, the center is implementing and sharing practical applications that spur transformative change through improved practices and policies to create an impactful trajectory that can transform communities.

All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual.   — Albert Einstein