University of Minnesota Child Development Laboratory School

The University of Minnesota Child Development Center and Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School are uniting to form the University of Minnesota Child Development Laboratory School. The new, combined program will be academically and administratively housed in the Institute of Child Development (ICD) and integrated with the department's research and early childhood education training programs. 

The new program is set to officially launch in Fall 2021 and will be located at 921 17th Ave SE in Minneapolis, near the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. A new website for the Child Development Laboratory School is in development. In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the programs' current websites. We look forward to sharing additional updates with our community in the months ahead! 

University of Minnesota
Child Development Center

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Founded in 1974, the UMCDC is a model demonstration and training site for early development with research opportunities to further the knowledge of early development, education, and quality care for young children. The center provides a “fee-for-service” childcare and enrichment program for University of Minnesota affiliated staff, faculty and students and cares for 140 children, ages 3 months to 5 ½ years old.

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Shirley G. Moore
Laboratory School

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The Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School opened in 1925 and is one of the oldest laboratory schools in the United States. It provides training for ICD’s early childhood education students and serves as a living laboratory for curriculum development in collaboration with ICD faculty. The Lab School serves families from throughout the Twin Cities and annually enrolls more than 100 children, ages 2 to 5 years old.

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