Welcome to the Arlitt Child and Family Research & Education Center website, for the award-winning laboratory preschool of the University of Cincinnati’s College of Education. Founded in 1925, Arlitt is one of the oldest demonstration preschools in the United States. Arlitt is committed to teacher training and to helping the early childhood education community translate child development theory and research into best practice in the early childhood classroom.
Arlitt Child & Family Research & Education Center
Arlitt's 90th Birthday
In 1925, Dr. Ada Hart Arlitt joined the faculty of the School of Household Administration at the University of Cincinnati. She set plans in motion for what is now called the Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Service. In her 1928 book, Psychology of Infancy and Early Childhood, Dr. Arlitt stated "educators must recognize the importance of the preschool period, because much that the child is able to acquire from his school contacts depends upon the experiences which he has had before school age, and because those social attitudes which make for good or poor adjustment to school situations are well developed before the age at which most children enter school." p. 3 Over the past 90 years, research has supported Dr. Arlitt's notion and at the Arlitt Center, we aim to demonstrate practices grounded in research and theory.
We celebrated our history on April 24-25th with former Arlitt staff and families and with a visit and lecture from well known and highly respected early childhood leader, Dr. Lillian Katz, Professor Emerita at the University of Illinois. Dr. Katz spent a day with Arlitt's staff and gave the keynote lecture at the 4C for Children Leadership and Early Childhood Conference. 4C highlighted Arlitt's birthday with a cake, research to practice conference sessions, and a roundtable discussion titled Putting Children at the Heart of Practice and Policy: ECE in Cincinnati. A white paper based on those discussions is forthcoming.
Quality early childhood education and well-compensated teachers should be a goal nationwide. We hope to continue the conversation about how that can happen here in the Greater Cincinnati area. Stay tuned!