Mitchell Early Childhood and Family Center

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. Learn more.

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The Child Study Center (CSC), sponsored under the auspices of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, provides first and foremost infant/toddler and preschool laboratory experiences for students enrolled in Ball State University’s child development courses. The Department of Family and Consumer Sciences’ Child Study Center provides high quality observational, participatory, and educational experiences for over 175 university students enrolled in these courses per year. Students participate in either a laboratory component or as an employee and are engaged in experimental learning. The CSC is also used as an interdisciplinary observation site for other classes. Periodically, the center serves as a research site for doctoral students and/or other faculty on campus. The center provides a rich environment for collaborative research among several disciplines.

The Child Study Center

Actively involved with the Ball State community, the CSC has served as a video-taping site for supplemental electronic materials related to text book content development with the Institute for Digital Entertainment and Education. The CSC has also participated as a site for developing the Child Care Collection video series. The most recent being the Foundations for Young Children which illustrates many of the identified foundations, English/language arts, math, science, social studies, physical education, health, art, and music, that are found in the Indiana Department of Education's document called Foundations for Young Children to the Indiana Academic Standards.

Ball State University's Child Study Center is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and as required by this prestigious accreditation, demonstrates developmentally appropriate practices.

The home-licensed Child Study Center is dedicated to providing safe, enjoyable, and educational learning experiences for children. The CSC targets all aspects of a child’s growth: social competence, positive self-esteem, physical development, and learning through a variety of engaging experiences. The environment is child-friendly offering many opportunities for the child to explore and learn through discovery. The CSC is located at 1409 and 1416 West Cardinal Street in adapted residential buildings.