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Picard Child & Family Resource Center

Housed within the Cecil J. Picard Center for Child Development & Lifelong Learning is the Child & Family Resource Center, a laboratory for early childhood research. The Child & Family Resource Center opened in 2015 with over 25,000 books, toys, technology items, and learning materials. The Child & Family Resource Center is dedicated to helping parents encourage their children’s future academic development. Activities center on family play and methods that make teaching and learning fun.

The Center hosts parenting classes, parent play groups, story time, open play dates, and teacher in-services. Each event focuses on key indicators of child development such as social and emotional wellbeing, language and cognitive development, and physical development, including healthy eating through meal planning and snacks, language development through sharing stories and reading, social and emotional development through creative and imaginary play, and healthy physical development through physical play. In this way, the Picard Center helps bridge the gap between research and family. 

For more information:

Please contact the Center for scheduled events and open play dates.

Nicole Bourque, Center Coordinator
Phone: 337-482-2972