The Haring Center for Research and Training in Inclusive Education is an integrated early childhood program dedicated to improving the lives of children with developmental disabilities and other special needs as well as their families and those who work on their behalf. The Center, located on the University of Washington’s Seattle campus, is part of the university’s College of Education and the Center on Human Development and Disability.
Three areas of activity fall under the umbrella of the Haring Center. Scholars in the Applied Research Unit pose questions and engage in research on a wide range of topics related to early learning, specialized instruction and family support with a focus on identifying effective practices that can be readily applied in homes, classrooms, and communities around the country and the world. The Professional Development Unit offers training and consulting to individuals, school districts and other organizations, bringing the most current practices to professionals and programs across the state and beyond. The Applied Research and Professional Development units, in turn, engage with the school that forms the heart of the Haring Center: the Experimental Education Unit, or EEU. At the EEU, scholars, education and services professionals and university students work with the school’s 250 children, who range in age from birth through kindergarten. Under the Haring Center’s inclusive model, children with and without disabilities learn side by side.