Barnard Center for Toddler Development


Established in 1973, the Barnard Center for Toddler Development offers toddlers a supportive atmosphere in which to experience their first social interactions with their peers, while providing Barnard students with a valuable learning and research training experience. Parents who participate in the Center’s programs gain important insights into their children’s—and their own—behavior, while Barnard faculty benefit from access to a considerable pool of data on early childhood development.

The ages before five, and especially between two and five, are identified as the critical period for establishing a base for healthy lifelong development. However, the toddler years continue to be the most understudied stage of development—in no small part due to the challenges of working with two- and three-year-olds. Much remains to be learned, especially as the field of neuroscience has opened new avenues for studying early development.

Your gift to the Toddler Center will build on more than four decades of excellence and help increase the Center’s contributions to science’s understanding of toddler development.