The Early Childhood Teacher Education Program has operated Summer Enrichment for over 25 years providing developmentally appropriate educational experiences for children aged 3.5 – 7.5 years of age.

The program is directed by Dr. Sean Durham, associate professor and coordinator of the early childhood program in the Department of Curriculum and Teaching. The daily activities are supervised by a masters level lead teacher and graduate assistants. Undergraduate students working toward teacher certification plan and guide experiences for the children, observe their work and play, and document their progress.

Summer Enrichment is rooted in the belief that each child is competent, creative, and thoroughly capable of constructing his/her own understanding of the world. Simply put, Summer Enrichment is about what children can do – in contrast to what adults often must persuade children to do. Each day, children are welcomed into a richly prepared physical environment that includes play and learning centers. As children play, adults observe and document what children are playing about and use this information to plan additional opportunities to explore, gather information, and deepen their connections to the subjects. Often, learning projects are identified and developed throughout the course of the program. Children are invited to represent their learning and understanding using a variety of media including writing, drawing, and art. In Summer Enrichment, we also attend to children’s social and emotional selves and help them build good relationships with others.


The program operates Monday – Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – Noon, for 4 weeks.

  • June 17 – July 18

  • Week of July 4 — Closed


The program operates in collaboration with and will be located at the Auburn University Early Learning Center, at 215 South Donahue Drive. 

Enrollment Application

Parents/Guardians must complete the enrollment application and pay the $50.00 registration fee when applying.  You will be informed when your application is accepted.

Enrollment Application

Registration ($50 fee)

Tuition Payment

Tuition of $350 is due on or before June 12, 2024, but register soon as spaces are limited. There are no opportunities for partial enrollment.

Tuition Payment $350


A mid-morning snack will be provided. The snack is included in the tuition.

Each year’s program concludes by celebrating children’s thinking and accomplishments during a family gathering where documentation of the four week program is displayed with light refreshments for families and friends.

Last updated: 03/29/2024