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An essential role of the Early Learning Center for Research and Practice (ELC) involves supporting and hosting interdisciplinary research projects. Faculty and students from all departments of the university are welcome to collaborate with the ELC to implement research activities. The history of research at the ELC spans back to the early decades of the program’s existence, informing child studies in published works that date back to the 1930s. Recently, the ELC has supported a wide range of research on topics such as nutrition, literacy, physical activity, and teacher practice. A list of recent publications and presentations involving the ELC can be found here.

To inquire about conducting research with the ELC, please contact us at

Recent Studies at the Early Learning Center


The University of Tennessee’s College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences publishes an annual review of happenings from around the college in the Accolades magazine. In fall 2015, a study completed by Britt MacArthur was featured. She used the Early Learning Center as a site to compare physical activity in children playing active video games and playing outdoors. To read the full story, follow this link.