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The Child Development Laboratory is licensed by the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and recognized as a Three-Star facility. In addition, the Child Development Laboratory adheres to the rigorous standards set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children; therefore the program offers:
- Planned learning activities which are appropriately developed for individual children and groups, emphasizing cognitive, physical, and social development.
- Healthy, safe and enjoyable learning environments for all children.
- Nutritional snacks and meal regulated by a licensed nutritious.
- Positive guidance and classroom management techniques, both direct and indirect, which promote high self-esteem and greater self-control.
- Daily parent-teacher communication and support opportunities.
- Rigorous adult-child ratio with highly qualified faculty and staff.
- Ongoing systematic program and child evaluations/assessments.
The Child Development Laboratory at Oklahoma State University is a leader in developing an innovative inclusive early childhood education program that inspires a passion for what we do and those we serve, while preparing dedicated quality professionals for the future.
The Child Development Laboratory strives to further the Oklahoma State University mission of instruction, research, and service. In this respect the Child Development Laboratory offers a site for:
- Quality educational programming for young children;
- Training of student teachers in early childhood education;
- Observation and interpretation of human growth and development.
- Theories are applied in a developmentally appropriate environment.
- Offering instructional opportunities through collaboration with various academic programs.
- Research designed and implemented by OSU faculty and students to further the knowledge-base in such areas as early childhood curriculum, social interaction, language development, cognitive development, and delays in growth and development.
- Faculty, staff, and students engage in research that positively influence teaching practices and learning environments in the field of an inclusive early childhood education at the local, state and national levels; where community leaders and professionals can replicate quality educational practices and environments.
- Information dissemination and training and technical assistance are provided to early childhood professionals and community based agencies.
- Community service in the form of quality child care, parenting programs, and in-service teacher education.
- The Child Development Laboratory serves as a premier model for an inclusive early childhood education program for children who are typically developing and children who live with developmental disabilities/delays for the immediate and surrounding communities.
- Providing exemplary services based on recommended practices to children with diverse abilities and their families.
- Interfacing with the community through outreach and public awareness activities.
- Affecting policy and system change at the local, state and national levels.
The Child Development Laboratory goals are to
- provide a premier model for early childhood education program for in-service teachers;
- provide family-centered services designed to meet the individualized needs of all children and families;
- provide a blend of educational and therapy services within the context of a developmentally appropriate curriculum; and
- prepare and educate students, stakeholders and children for their next educational environment. The program adheres to the philosophy and recommended practices of both general early childhood education and early childhood special education.