Giving To Concordia


Christian Early Childhood Education Initiative

Concordia University Chicago is the recognized world leader in Christian Early Childhood Education (CECE). “As we work with young children, it is useful to remember that we are developing their root system of memories, of experiences, of concepts. These roots, now and later, can then grow into the sturdy person who has a strong sense of worth as a person and a child of God.” – Dr. Shirley K.  Morgenthaler, Distinguished Professor of Education at Concordia-Chicago. 

Concordia University Chicago believes that every child deserves a quality start to their lifelong educational journey. For 40 years Concordia-Chicago has provided excellence in early childhood teacher education. As the field of early childhood education continues to evolve, CUC is committed to producing innovative and dynamic practices, programs and degrees rooted in Christian heritage.

From our campus in River Forest, IL we seek to be the recognized world leader in Christian Early Childhood Education. To accomplish this, we need, first and foremost, to teach the teachers who will teach all the children! We desire to impact children by serving as the catalyst for a network of Christian early childhood educators and administrators.

Program Goals with Investment Opportunities

  • Develop fully integrated curriculum to be used in early childhood programs nationally and globally. 
  • Develop a manual of standards in CECE. 
  • Validate the design and demand of the CECEI with market research.
  • Develop a Professional Leadership Academy and other mentoring programs designed to meet the needs of CECE teachers and administrators.  

For more information, call the CUC Foundation at 866-448-3867.