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Welcome to the Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education! The Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education is SDSU’s Laboratory School which was established as part of the Morrill Act that established land grant universities. The laboratory school was established in 1928.

There are 117 children and their families who call the Fishback Center their school. In addition, approximately 60 Early Childhood Education majors and Family Consumer Science Education majors work as teachers, either in their first student teaching experience or as assistant teachers each semester.

The Fishback Center for Early Childhood Education is a place for teaching and trying out new experiences in teaching. It is a place for service to provide early, positive group experiences for young children and possible first experiences for families in encountering ‘schools’. Finally, it’s a place for research with children and their families. We engage in child inquiry, teacher-research studies and research undertaken by university faculty.

The Fishback Center's Declaration of Intent for this year is "We declare this year to be a year to highlight Reggio-Inspired practices with children and families; and to make them visible to others in the community and on the campus."  

Again, whenever you have something to discuss, to share or to inform me about, please know that my door is always open, or you may contact me at 605-688-6797 or by email, Kay Cutler.


Kay Cutler