The Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center will offer quality childhood programs for the Muncie community and expand academic and research opportunities for Ball State teachers and teachers in training.

Ball State University—in collaboration with the Ball State Child Study Center and the YMCA of Muncie’s Apple Tree Child Development Center—plans to invest in renovating the vacant Mitchell Elementary School, which was previously bound for demolition.

After the new center opens in August 2019, services and programs will help address the community’s needs to improve the education level of its workforce. This issue was identified in the Muncie Action Plan and the subsequent BY5 Early Childhood Initiative as one of the most important factors in the health of our community’s economy—and birth through age 5 is the foundation for that education.

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Features of the Center

  • model (teaching) environment for child care centers
  • developmentally appropriate, Reggio-inspired, whole-child focused curriculum
  • professional development and practical experience for future educators as student-teachers engage in the classrooms with children
  • family engagement component including support and resources for families
  • opportunities for faculty and student research
  • Ball State faculty support from the Department of Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies in the Teachers College
  • complimentary YMCA Family Membership for enrolled families to focus on building healthy spirit, mind and body
  • the Governance Structure includes Executive Committee, Curriculum Board, Family Advisory Board, and Research Committee