Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Dance
The Master of Fine Arts Program in Dance is based on the premise that the art of dance is an integration of body, mind, and spirit learned through creative, technical, and analytical practices. The program's goal is to present students with an inclusive curriculum that exposes them to vital aspects of the art as performers, creators, and scholars. Frequent guest artists and lecturers are invited to the campus, some in conjunction with the Theatre, Music, and Visual Arts Programs.
Sarah Lawrence College Graduate Program in Child Development
The Master of Arts Program in Child Development explores the life of the child as the interaction of intellectual, emotional, social, and imaginative streams. It combines in-depth study of primary theoretical perspectives with practical fieldwork. It encourages students to study children in a wide range of social contexts and environments—among members of their family, peer group, and culture, and within their homes, schools, and neighborhoods.
The Early Childhood Center
Founded in 1937 by Lois Murphy, an internationally renowned expert in personality development, the Early Childhood Center was among the first laboratory schools in the United States. It provides an environment for students and faculty from Sarah Lawrence and other institutions to conduct on-site research in the fields of normal personality and child development. It also works to provide a richly textured educational environment for children ages 2 through 6 who come from diverse ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.
The Child Development Institute
The Child Development Institute (CDI), founded in 1987, provides a forum for students, faculty, and parents to examine topics on child development. It offers activities, lectures, conferences, and outreach programs. Past lectures and conferences have explored the impacts of poverty, multiculturalism, social policy, and changing family structures on children and the educational process. CDI also established the "Empowering Teachers of Children Placed at Risk" project. This is a highly successful, nationally recognized program of intensive summer training and follow-up workshops in which teachers consider a variety of challenges facing children, families, and schools, and explore meaningful classroom practices that can improve their ability to deal with children placed at risk.