About Us

KidsNamed in honor of Dr. Joyce M. Huggins, a local professor, children’s advocate, and pioneer in early childhood education at the local, state, national and international levels, the Joyce M. Huggins Early Education Center (Huggins Center) provides early education and care services to children of University students, faculty and staff, and to the community.  Through a partnership with Fresno Unified School District, preschool children with special needs are enrolled in a demonstration “full-inclusion” preschool program.  Other children with special needs are enrolled in the program with children of students given the first priority.  Supported by a generous endowment by the Fansler Family Foundation, this National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) accredited Center offers laboratory, research, and demonstration opportunities for students and faculty and for professionals in the field, as well as provides leadership for local and state educational reform efforts aimed at improving ECE services to children and families.

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