Early Childhood Summer Enrichment Program

Program Overview

The Auburn University Early Childhood Summer Enrichment Program provides students ages 3 to 8 years old developmentally enriching play experiences during the summer. The program includes support for all subject areas through the use of project-based curriculum. Childrens’ progress is measured through systematic documentation in light of appropriate early learning standards.


To enhance the education of young children by supporting their construction of knowledge through meaningful interactions in a respectful, challenging environment.

Playing with Purpose

The program has been set up in recent years to facilitate the study of how children play and interact with their world. We have explored how children actually spend their time in play settings, the types of materials they repeatedly choose and which materials afford opportunities for building agency and competence, how preservice teachers can best support and extend play, and how play contributes to growth and learning.
This year we are excited to focus intentionally on cultivating an awareness that play, in all of its light and joyful glory, serves a deep and necessary purpose in the growth and development of the child. Our theme this year, Playing with Purpose, is designed to support children, parents, preservice teachers, and program faculty as we navigate together through this journey of how to make the most of the role of play in early childhood settings.


  • June 10 – 13th
  • June 17 – 20th
  • June 24 – 27th
  • July 1 –5th (Closed July 4th)
  • July 8 – 11th
  • July 15 – 18th
  • 1/2 Day Program from 8am – 12 noon


$50 registration; $300 tuition; Total cost: $350
Tuition is due by June 3rd. The registration fee is due upon registration.


A mid-morning snack will be provided.

Afternoon Camp Option

Afternoon Adventures: Summer Enrichment at Kreher Preserve & Nature Center (for children ages 4-6) coincides with the Early Childhood Summer Enrichment Program and is from 12:30 to 4:00pm. Transportation from Haley Center (location of the Early Childhood Summer Enrichment Program) can be provided for an additional $100 per student with a booster seat provided by the parent or guardian. Details and registration can be found on the Afternoon Adventures’ website.