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Oklahoma State University | Center for Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Laboratories

Welcome to CDL

Welcome to the Early Childhood Teaching and Learning Laboratories

The Oklahoma State University Child Development Laboratory has a rich tradition of excellence in early childhood education. Housed in the College of Human Sciences, the Child Development Laboratory opened in 1924 becoming the second land grant university to have this type of specialized lab. The present facility was opened in 1983. A $1 million renovation in 2006 created the Cleo L. Craig Foundation Child Development Laboratory. In 2010, another $300,000 renovation provided space to integrate the RISE School of Stillwater with the Cleo L. Craig Foundation Child Development Laboratory. Today, the Child Development Laboratory-RISE program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and meets the criteria set by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to be rated as a Three-Star facility. The Child Development Laboratory-RISE program expansion provides an inclusive environment for all.

Children and Rock-N-Roll
While it may be difficult to make the connection between a rock band and an early-childhood development program, Dianna Ross, director of the College of Human Sciences’ Child Development Lab-RISE program, said she is thankful there is one.

For the past five years, Trans-Siberian Orchestra and Jack Orbin, owner of concert promoter Stone City Attractions, Inc., have contributed more than $48,000 to the Child Development Lab-RISE music therapy program and will once again in 2013.
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It’s all in the Nature Bags
During the fall 2012 semester, the Gamma Phi sorority teamed up with their local philanthropy, the Cleo L. Craig Child Development Lab, and donated over 40 nature bags.

“We decided this year we wanted to do a project the CDL would truly use and benefit from,” said Lindsay Davis, a Gamma Phi member involved in the project.