The Yale Child Study Center, which has a long and distinguished history of research and clinical work with children and families from around the world, dedicated the new Neison and Irving Harris Building in October.

Founded in 1911 by Arnold Gesell, the center has expanded its mission over the years to include a wide array of programs ranging from basic studies of developmental neurobiology and genetics to therapeutic programs in schools and the community. The new 21,000-square-foot Harris Building will house many of the center’s research and community programs including the Child Development and Community Policing Program, the Comer School Development Program, and the range of research and clinical programs for very young children.

The building was the gift of Neison and Irving Harris, Yale College graduates who have had a long-standing interest in the welfare of children and have been friends and supporters of the Child Study Center for many years. The Harris family and many others have joined together in their concern for children and families and their trust in the work of the Child Study Center. According to Director Donald J. Cohen, M.D. ’66, the building will help raise the profile of children’s issues. “The idea is that medical students and undergraduates will see the Yale Child Study Center and recognize that the child and family are essential to their education, regardless of what field they go into.”

Guests at the opening on Oct. 14 included Irving and Joan Harris, New Haven Mayor John DeStefano, Dean David A. Kessler, and Yale President Richard C. Levin.