Our history began more than 10 years ago with the establishment of the David Lawrence Jr. Endowed Chair in 2004. Appointed as the first to hold this chair, Dr. Patricia Snyder joined UF in 2007 with a vision to build interdisciplinary collaboration across campus among the Colleges of Education, Medicine, Public Health, Law, Health Professions, and other disciplines.

By 2010, the Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies was founded and grew as a well-funded research center. The center was formally named the Anita Zucker Center for Excellence in Early Childhood Studies in 2014 to honor Anita Zucker, an alumna and global business leader who is a strong education policy advocate and a generous supporter of the university.

We are continuing to grow and work with our many partners who share our vision to build a national model in early childhood studies and practices.

Anita Zucker Center historical timeline and benchmarks

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