Research & Outreach

The Wisconsin Idea holds that the education received in the campus classroom should benefit every person in the state, that research have impact beyond the four walls of a laboratory, and that public service become an institutional priority.


As an essential service to UW families, our campus child care system partners work tirelessly to support this belief, whether through student practicums where experienced educators mentor and model best practices for tomorrow’s workforce, through access to researchers who explore and expand knowledge, or through collaboration with the greater community of early childhood professionals who ensure the brightest future for our youngest learners.

Advancing the university's commitment to teaching & learning

354 Students

using Campus Early Education as teaching and research sites to enrich their studies

8700 Hours

of hands-on experience in teaching and research students engaged within our Campus Early Education programs.

35 UW departments

benefitting from teaching and research being completed at our Campus Early Education programs


To be of a greater service to our great state, our office works to develop collaborations with childcare and early education partners and throughout Wisconsin.


The University of Wisconsin – Madison Odyssey Project provides members of our community facing socio-economic barriers with a chance to start college. Many of these students are parents of young children. Those who enroll in this introductory humanities course have access to evening child care funded by the Office of Child Care & Family Resources.

UW System Child Care Centers

We also work to advance the professionalism of the early childhood field by working closely with partners like UW System Child Care Centers to collaborate on professional development, retention strategies, and cutting-edge research.