Rollins Breaks Ground on Hume House Child Development and Student Research Center

The new 5,050-square-foot building, which will be built on the corner of Holt and New York avenues in Winter Park, will include three children's classrooms, a full undergraduate classroom, and expanded office and research space.

(Photo by Scott Cook) (Photo by Scott Cook)

Rollins College broke ground on the Hume House Child Development and Student Research Center on Thursday, February 18. Hume House will be built on the corner of Holt and New York avenues in Winter Park.

Hume House is a laboratory of the Department of Psychology that creates opportunities for research and learning with undergraduate students, children of all abilities, and faculty of the College. The 5,050-square-foot building will replace the current Child Development and Student Research Center that has been used for the program since 1987.

The new Hume House Child Development and Student Research Center is slated to open in January 2017. (Renderings by BCA Architecture) The new Hume House Child Development and Student Research Center is slated to open in January 2017. (Renderings by BCA Architecture)

“About 120 undergraduates per year, in various academic disciplines, have placements or do observations at Hume House, providing valuable experience in child development theory and practice," says Rollins College President Grant H. Cornwell. “It is a great example of the hands-on research and learning we offer at Rollins. New additions in the expanded space include three children’s classrooms, a full undergraduate classroom, and expanded office and research space, turning the building into a full research facility.”

Hume House is the only laboratory preschool at a private, four-year liberal arts school in Florida.  (Renderings by BCA Architecture) Hume House is the only laboratory preschool at a private, four-year liberal arts school in Florida. (Renderings by BCA Architecture)

Hume House is the only laboratory preschool at a private, four-year liberal arts school in Florida. Within the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS), there are approximately 50 laboratory preschools at liberal arts colleges. Hume House serves children between the ages of 2 and 5 years and is inclusive of children with disabilities. Priority in enrollment is given to the children of staff, faculty, students, and alumni of Rollins College. The new center was paid for through private donations and is slated to open in January 2017.

“This new child development laboratory supports Rollins’ commitment to children and families, in addition to providing the highest quality of education for our undergraduate students who are the psychologists, teachers, behavior analysts, pediatricians, and parents of tomorrow,” said Hume House Executive Director and Professor of Psychology Sharon Carnahan.

For more information on the program, please visit the Hume House Child Development and Student Research Center website.

Hume House is made possible with generous contributions from Daniel and Amy Fields, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation, Thomas ’84 and Katherine Hauske, Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation, Elinor and T.W. Miller Jr. Foundation, and Elin Nordegren ’14.

Miniature construction hats and shovels are in position for the children of Hume House to officially break ground for the new facility. (Photo by Scott Cook) Miniature construction hats and shovels are in position for the children of Hume House to officially break ground for the new facility. (Photo by Scott Cook)

Hume House children listen to remarks. (Photo by Scott Cook) Hume House children listen to remarks. (Photo by Scott Cook)

President Emeritus Thad Seymour ’82HAL ’90H; David Odahowski, president & CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation (photo by Scott Cook) President Emeritus Thad Seymour ’82HAL ’90H; David Odahowski, president & CEO of the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation (photo by Scott Cook)

President Grant Cornwell; David Lord ’69 ’71MBA, chairman of the board; Christine Hume, Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation; Sarah Sprinkel ’80MAT, Winter Park city commissioner; Sharon Carnahan, Child Development and Research Center executive director; Dan Fields; Amy Fields; Bonnie Hubbard, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation; Donald Brown, Elinor and T. W. Miller Jr. Foundation; Augusta Hume ’39, Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation; Harold Ward ’86H, Rollins trustee and Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation President Grant Cornwell; David Lord ’69 ’71MBA, chairman of the board; Christine Hume, Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation; Sarah Sprinkel ’80MAT, Winter Park city commissioner; Sharon Carnahan, Child Development and Research Center executive director; Dan Fields; Amy Fields; Bonnie Hubbard, Elizabeth Morse Genius Foundation; Donald Brown, Elinor and T. W. Miller Jr. Foundation; Augusta Hume ’39, Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation; Harold Ward ’86H, Rollins trustee and Warren and Augusta Hume Foundation

Augusta Hume ’39 talks with children of Hume House. (Photo by Scott Cook) Augusta Hume ’39 talks with children of Hume House. (Photo by Scott Cook)

David Lord ’69 ’71MBA, chairman of the board, Rollins College; President Emeritus Thad Seymour ’82HAL ’90H; Sharon Carnahan, Child Development and Research Center executive director (Photo by Scott Cook) David Lord ’69 ’71MBA, chairman of the board, Rollins College; President Emeritus Thad Seymour ’82HAL ’90H; Sharon Carnahan, Child Development and Research Center executive director (Photo by Scott Cook)