"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
• 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