The Lynn Bennett Early Childhood Education Center (LBECEC) which is located on the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) campus, houses the UNLV/CSUN Preschool. The preschool, one of the first programs in Southern Nevada to achieve accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children serves over two hundred children with and without disabilities six weeks through five years of age and their families. The center is a resource to students majoring in education, psychology, physical therapy, nursing, biology, physical education, music, and food and beverage management. The preschool is one of the largest employers of student workers on campus, with approximately 130 students working as teaching assistants. In addition to the teaching assistants, the preschool has 10 general education teachers and three early childhood special education teachers assigned to the site full time. The early childhood special education teachers and related service personnel assigned to the program are based on an inter-agency agreement with the Clark County School District (CCSD) Early Childhood Special Education.
The center has two specially designed research classrooms equipped with laptop stations, one-way mirrors, cameras, and microphones. Cameras and microphones in one classroom and one research room enables lessons to be filmed and studied later by faculty and their students, all the classrooms are camera-ready. A similar one-way mirror setup is in their infirmary. A graduate assistant assigned to the center is available to assist students and faculty with the RAVO system.
As one of its primary goals, the LBECEC supports research conducted by UNLV faculty and their students. The LBECEC Research Advisory Council was established with the specific purpose to facilitate the achievement of that goal. It meets regularly to identify obstacles to faculty research use of the facility and to develop strategies to eliminate those obstacles. To conduct research at the LBECEC faculty and students can contact Dr. Catherine Lyons at 702-895-1112 or email@example.com.