About Us

Our Mission

  • The Ben Samuels Children's Center at Montclair State University is a model of excellence in the inclusive early care and education of children from birth through 5 years. The Center is committed to examining and implementing the best practices of teaching and learning in a nurturing environment where children with disabilities learn, play and grow alongside their same-age peers.

In support of this mission, we have created a community where:

  • Children of differing abilities, needs, cultures, ethnicities, means and family structures are provided with developmentally appropriate activities and services, and where families, staff and university students understand and embrace the value of that diversity.
  • Future generations of professionals who care for children are educated through research, observation and hands-on experiences of the best practices in early childhood education and development, particularly in an inclusive environment.
  • Faculty and students engage in observation and reflection relating to child development, early education, inclusive learning and other related areas.
  • Families of children enrolled in the Center are provided with support, assistance and resources in the care and education of their children.


The Center is open from 7:30 AM to 6:15PM and with just a few exceptions, is open when the University is open and closed when it is closed.