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The Hollingworth Center

The Hollingworth Center, a program within the Department of Curriculum and Teaching at Teachers College, Columbia University, is a service, research, and demonstration site.

The Center is designed to provide internship and training opportunities for the graduate students of Teachers College, develop model programs in early childhood education, and offer enriched educational services for children, families, and educators. Primarily concerned with nurturing the talent development of all young children, the Center maintains a special commitment to creating and implementing programs for underserved children and teachers in urban schools, and designing model curricula in areas traditionally neglected in elementary schools. The Center was established by Professor James Borland and Dr. Heidi Hayes Jacobs in 1981. Since that time it has been internationally recognized for exemplary programs, grant projects, teacher development efforts, and research contributions. Dr. Lisa Wright joined The Hollingworth Center in 1987 and is the current Director.

Break down of TC's organization in regards to Hollingworth


1. To support and carry out the mission of Teachers College.

2. To provide Teachers College graduate students with clinical and research experiences articulated closely with their academic programs to prepare the next generation's leaders in education.*

3. To design and implement outreach programs that serve administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals in the community to educate the current generation of leaders in practice and policy to meet the challenges they face.

4. To design and implement demonstration programs that serve children and families in the community and provide model programs to educators to improve practice in educational institutions.

5. To support the program and professional development in early childhood classrooms in New York City Public School Districts 3 and 5 to improve practice in those institutions.

6. To support program development and provide outreach to international sites to improve practice in educational institutions.

7. To undertake research and disseminate best practices to engage in research on the central issues facing education and shape the public debate and public policy in education.