Research and Observation
The Early Childhood Center (ECC) at Colorado State University believes that the knowledge gained from naturalistic observations can help adult learners apply the theories they have learned by seeing them in practice. Observers are welcome at the ECC.
The ECC has seven observable classrooms with children’s ages ranging from 6 weeks to 6 years old. Classrooms are equipped with state of the art audio and visual equipment that enable observers to see and hear activities in the classroom unobtrusively using the computer workstations in the observation booths. One-way glass allows observers to see directly into the room. This allows the observer to maintain distance and promotes objectivity in observation. As an observer, you do not want to alter the environment you are observing and you should not engage with the children, parents, or teachers.
The ECC is delighted to announce that students now schedule their ECC observations on-line.
Colorado State University faculty who wish to incorporate observations at the ECC into their course curriculum should e-mail the Executive Director, Dr. Karen Rattenborg at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please contact the Executive Director before the semester begins or at least one month prior to the date you wish your students to begin observing.
In your e-mail please provide the following information:
Providing the above information will allow the ECC to set up observations for your class in the on-line observation registration system.
Visit the Observation Scheduling site. Log in with your eName and Password.
If you find that you are unable to access the on-line observation registration system, please send an email to:
In your e-mail, provide the following information:
You can expect a confirmation of the scheduled visit within 3-5 working days.
Observation site location:
CSU Early Childhood Center
223 South Shields Street, Fort Collins, CO 80521
Short term parking during your observation time is available along Scott Avenue to the west of the school. Note that parking along Olive Street is reserved for parent pick-up and drop-off only. Note also that there is "ECC staff only" parking along the north side of the school. Please do not park on Olive Street or in the ECC staff lot.
Remember: You are here as an observer. Please do not interact with the children, teachers, or parents during your time observing. If a child asks you “what are you doing?” you can reply very briefly “I am writing.” If any children try to engage you, please direct them to their teachers.