Child Development Laboratory
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The missions of the CDL parallel the three-part Teaching, Research, and Service missions of the University of Illinois. As a Laboratory School, we support these academic missions by:
- Facilitating student observations of children
- Allowing select research/teaching projects to occur at the school
- Serving as a center for teacher training
The Child Development Lab (CDL) program is a licensed and accredited play-based, developmentally appropriate, child-centered, teacher-designed early education curriculum in a laboratory school setting.
As a lab school the CDL facilities are open to observation by students, researchers and the interested public.
The CDL program operates out of two semi-adjacent buildings, the Child Development Lab and the Early Child Development Lab) referred to as the CDL and ECDL buildings. The ECDL currently houses the infant, toddler and one of the two year old classes. The CDL houses the other two year old and all of the preschool classes.
Applications are accepted throughout the year. However, the selection and enrollment processes for the upcoming school year begin on April 1 and are usually complete by the end of May.
Families who believe they may qualify for a reduced tuition space should submit a Tuition Determination form at the same time as the application is submitted. Approximately 25% of our spaces are available for reduced tuition enrollments.
Each child to be considered for selection and enrollment must have a separate application.
Selection of children is based on the full range of demographic information requested on the application, for the purpose of providing students and researchers a diverse child population to work with and to study. Families of children with special needs are encouraged to apply.
For more information about CDL, vist Program Information.
- Department of Human Development and Family Studies