About the Mailman Segal Center

Unique in its mission and focus, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development is one of the nation's largest and most highly respected, comprehensive early childhood demonstration and training facilities.

Our Mission

Nova Southeastern University's Mailman Segal Center for Human Development is a multidisciplinary demonstration and training center for education and research in the field of human development with a focus on early childhood, autism across the lifespan and family studies.

MSC showcases best practices in the fields of early childhood education, family support, and parenting education, achieving its mission through direct services to families and children, development and implementation of early childhood education and training programs, research, community outreach programs, and advocacy. 

The integration of our programs within NSU's wider community of higher education supports our commitment to quality program delivery, and positions MSC to embrace future trends in the fields of early education and advanced study.

Because MSC provides both direct services and tests its models through applied research in diverse community settings, it speaks with credibility and power to national audiences.

Located in the Jim & Jan Moran Family Center Village, a state-of-the-art training and demonstration facility, programs include the Parenting Place, the Family Center Infant and Toddler Program, and the Family Center Preschool.  The Baudhuin Preschool and Starting Right offer programs for children and families dealing with autism and related disorders.  Also housed at MSC is The Autism Consortium, the Interdisciplinary Council for the Study of Autism (ICSA) and The Early Childhood Initiative.