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MSU Child Development Laboratories

325 West Grand River
East Lansing, MI 48823

(517) 355-1900


Philosophy & Approach

Day in the Life

General School Mission

"The Child Development Laboratories serve as a research and professional development site by
offering an exemplary program for children and their families. To do this:
We serve Children and Families by:
- Providing a play-based program influenced by such theorists as Vygotsky, Piaget, and
- Providing a developmentally appropriate curriculum designed to promote development of
the whole child. We do this by addressing development in six domains: aesthetic,
affective, cognition, language/communication, physical, and social.
- Providing a continuity of interaction across classrooms through the use of social guidance
- Welcoming children and families representing many languages, countries of origin,
income levels, family structures, and ability levels.
- Valuing families as experts on their own children.
- Collaborating with families to develop individually appropriate goals for their children
within the context of the classroom community.
- Providing child development information to families to assist them in better
understanding their child's development.
- Supporting families as they learn to be advocates for children.
We serve Early Childhood Professionals by:
- Providing an exemplary research-driven program within which university students can
observe and practice their developing skills.
- Including students in a comprehensive early childhood educational program which
includes integration of literacy across the domains, the use of an anti-bias curriculum, and
advocacy for children.
- Supporting each student in his or her professional development by providing an
emotionally safe environment.
- Providing written and oral feedback in an ongoing fashion for the purpose of further
developing students' skills.
We serve Our Community through Outreach by:
- Being a welcoming and outstanding model for early childhood professionals.
- Publishing books, articles, planning and training materials.
- Providing workshops and seminars on-site and off-site.
- Hosting conferences.
We serve Our Field through Research by:
- Providing a research site for our own department researchers, as well as university and
external researchers.
- Collaborating with and being supportive of investigators working within our programs.
- Initiating our own research.
- Acting as a clearinghouse for research relevant to the work we do through our website."
Excerpted from the preschool's website

A Typical Day

Excerpted from the preschool's website