The Emma Eccles Jones Early Childhood Education and Research Center (EEJ ECERC) was opened in 2010 to bring together scientists and educators at Utah State University who focus on research and services related to early childhood education, elementary education, psychology, communicative disorders, deaf education, family and human development, and special education. The mission of programs housed in the EEJ ECERC is to:
- Forge cross-disciplinary partnerships among the existing college teacher and human services preparation units to include cutting-edge teaching practices and also allow the ability to broadcast clinical teaching work to other locations.
- Create a Language Development and Literacy Clinic to study, model and demonstrate evidence-based educational practices that address the needs of children who are at-risk for language and literacy difficulties.
- Provide parents and families with increased access to effective, action-oriented resources and training for home-based and university-based educational and clinical services.
- Extend research, dissemination, and professional development to classrooms and childcare facilities in Utah and beyond through close collaboration with school districts, professional groups, consortiums, and agencies at state and federal levels.
- Increase advocacy and scholarly activity to expand the influence of the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education at national and international levels, through publication of reports, articles, books, and other research tools.
The EEJ ECERC serves as the home for the Emma Eccles Jones Center for Early Childhood Education, the National Center for Hearing Assessment and Management (NCHAM), the Early Language and Literacy (ELL) program and the Language and Literacy Clinic (LLC). The EEJ ECERC will also include a home- and center-based educational program for birth to 5-year-old children who are deaf or hard of hearing (the Sound Beginnings program) and the Center for Early Care and Education (CECE). Sound Beginnings and the CECE share indoor and outdoor play areas, kitchen and restroom facilities, and programing activities that promote inclusion.