MS, Dip.Ed, Ed.D
Lecturer, Yale Child Study Center,Education Studies Program and Department of Psychology; Director Emerita of Calvin Hill Day Care Center and Kitty Lustman-Findling Kindergarten
Carla Horwitz is a member of the Yale Education Studies faculty, as well as a member of the faculties of the Yale Child Study Center and Psychology Department. Carla was the Director of Yale University’s Calvin Hill Day Care Center for the past forty years. She retired in 2016, and is currently Director Emerita. The Center, a nationally accredited, model educational preschool and kindergarten program, provides high quality, developmentally informed, affordable child care and education for the children of Yale and community families; it is also the site of early childhood practicum placements for Yale and other area colleges. Carla currently teaches three courses – Child Development, Language, Literacy and Play, and Theory and Practice of Early Childhood Education, as well as the Education Studies Senior Capstone Seminar.
Carla spent a year in England studying open classroom, integrated day infant schools, studied in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and is involved in incorporating, through her consultation and mentoring, the practice of the progressive preschools found there.
Carla has established several post-graduate teaching fellowships in child development and early childhood education. These fellowship
programs are a unique combination of engagement in a high quality preschool classroom setting (Calvin Hill) and participation in related
courses in a nationally renowned child development clinic (Child Study Center). Carla serves as a sustaining member of the fellowship
committee as well as a mentor for the training of young professionals in the field.
Carla’s research interests include the creation and implementation of progressive curriculum, play and its role in developmentally appropriate early care and education, supervision, mentoring and the professional development of teachers, and educational leadership.
In addition, Carla serves on the boards of several professional organizations including the New Haven affiliate of the National Association for the Education of Young Children, All Our Kin, Read to Grow, and the Connecticut Early Childhood Alliance, as well as the advisory committee of the Gesell Institute of Human Development. She is also a consultant to early childhood programs and other educational settings. Carla has been a faculty member at Yale for more than forty years, and is also a Silliman College Fellow.