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Developmental Interaction

Our educational philosophy is the developmental-interaction approach. We believe a child’s learning and growth depend upon her interactions with the physical surroundings and with the social environment of peers and caring adults. Enjoyment through active participation is the cornerstone of our program.

This approach assumes that a child learns best when developmentally ready for new experiences and when those new experiences are built on earlier ones. Teachers and caregivers introduce new activities based on the interests and abilities expressed by the child and the group, as well as on their own observations. In this atmosphere each child learns at his own pace and is encouraged, but not rushed, through the early years of exploration.

Our emphasis on developing relationships, and the careful attention we give to individual interests and abilities, helps children feel safe and nurtures their self-esteem. This creates an environment that encourages curiosity, problem solving, creativity and social growth.

The T-shirt Shop

The T-shirt Shop sells Rockefeller University branded clothing and other items such as mugs, backpacks, pens and notebooks.

The proceeds of the T-shirt shop benefit the Rockefeller University Child and Family Center.

Mondays: 12:15pm–12:45pm
Fridays: 5pm–5:30pm.
Can also be opened by appointment.

1st floor of the Rockefeller Research Building

For questions, to purchase items for an event, to suggest new items, or to volunteer in the shop (CFC parents) please contact:


Pamela Stark
Director of the Child and Family Center
phone: x7071

Kathy Burke
Administrative Assistant
phone: x7072