The early childhood program at Fort Hill serves as a laboratory for Smith College. Students and faculty conduct research and observations and complete field work at the site. You can view examples of past collaborations with academic departments on the academic collaborations page.
Please click to read an article, Catching Language Problems Early, which describes a current research project.
Students participate in the program in a variety of ways - observing and engaging with children to complete course requirements, participating on faculty research projects, working through Student Financial Services, and interning through the Praxis program. Information about these opportunities and a guide for new student assistants can be found by clicking on the student participation link.
The early childhood program is located less than a mile from the Smith College campus and the downtown Northampton area. This proximity allows children and teachers to make frequent visits to college facilities and places of interest. You can view photographs from visits to the Smith College campus and downtown Northampton on our campus community page.