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Mission, History and Philosophy


The mission of the Coleman Center for Early Childhood and Family Enrichment is to establish a place where children will be encouraged to engage in developmentally appropriate learning through play while incorporating nature-based learning. An emphasis will be placed on science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM).  All children will be provided with a safe, nurturing, child- centered, and quality educational environment that fosters a child’s individual success and a love of learning in collaboration with parents and the community.


Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment was established in 2019 by Troy University’s College of Education and College of Health and Human Services.  Both colleges have a long standing history of concern, commitment, and involvement in programs for young children and their families.  This commitment is exemplified through the university’s mission of educating the mind to think, the heart to feel and the body to act.  This mission is accomplished through teaching, research and outreach.   Teacher candidates and other students who are training in related fields observe and study the developmental characteristics of young children while gaining invaluable clinical experiences and an in- depth perspective of the early childhood industry as a career in education, health, or human services.  In addition, Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment serves as a research site for other university academic childhood and family programs.  In carrying out its commitment, Coleman Center for Early Learning and Family Enrichment has set forth the following goals:

  1. Early Learning Center – using an innovative approach for children, with a STEAM focus and a lab/research school for enhanced teacher educator preparation
  2. Family Enrichment Program – providing services, supports and opportunities to empower families to successfully nurture their children
  3. Community Outreach Program – offering informational sessions, skills training, and other family-centered support services to the Wiregrass