In 2005, Dr. Robert Scott, president of Adelphi University, identified the need for an interdisciplinary center that would connect the relevant academic departments with the Early Learning Center (ELC), the prototype childcare center. Dr. Scott envisioned the ELC becoming a laboratory with an academic and research agenda dedicated to furthering early childhood education, with the potential to engage with the community in developing rich and productive partnerships. Given the fact that no such entity existed, this combined center would be vitally important for all of Long Island.
An interdisciplinary group of faculty and staff from Schools of Education, Social Work, Nursing, Business, the Derner Institute of Advance Psychological Studies, the Early Learning Center, and the Sports Leadership Institute met to lay the foundation and plan what would become The Institute for Parenting at Adelphi. Private consultants, community leaders from both public and private sector, along with parents and children from Long Island met to determine community need and the most useful roles that a university center would serve. Our mission grew out of this process.