The Harris Early Learning Center is a state-of-the-art preschool facility for over 200 children ranging in age from six weeks to five years of age.
The teaching philosophy of the facility is grounded in the concept of "developmentally appropriate practice" in which children "learn by doing" and are guided by a curriculum designed to capitalize upon knowledge of how young children learn.
The facility also maintains a research mission and is designed to maximize opportunities to conduct developmental research on children and their families. The Center is managed by Auburn University and the College of Human Sciences.
The Center employs 37 full time teaching staff, approximately 15 part-time staff, a facility manager, administrative personnel, a cook and an assistant cook. In each of the 16 classrooms, there are two full-time teachers.