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Elementary & Early Childhood

Lovinger Building Room 3300
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660.543.4235
Fax: 660.543.4382
Dr. Ann McCoy, Chair


Child Development Lab

kids in sandboxPhilosophy

The Child Development Lab is a learning environment dedicated to reflecting progressive work in the field of Early Childhood Education with children and families. Our school draws from the Constructivist theories and the Reggio Emilia approach. Constructivism says that children learn through their own experiences with the world and use these experiences to construct knowledge. Children build new experiences and connect them to the knowledge gained through past experiences to construct new knowledge. The Reggio Emilia approach is linked to constructivism while also having a strong emphasis on both the child's environment and collaboration with others. The materials and design of the classroom allow children to better their understanding of the world. The way the environment affects each child is defined by his or her collaboration with the group.

We believe the collaboration, the respect, and trust among the children, families, students, and teachers are important. Upon the construction of this relationship, the teachers are better able to learn the needs and interests of the children and families. We value cooperation and collaboration to enhance the process of learning and working together. Building an equal and unique relationship between each family, child and teacher is the basis of our philosophy to provide the best environment for the children.

children walk on campusThe Child Development Lab assists college students by providing a working classroom where quality Early Childhood Education can be observed. As an active member of UCM, our place on campus is one of support and collaboration around and within various departments and activities. As part of the College of Education, we strive to be a model program for others in the profession.

children at table


Teachers provide a curriculum to serve children age two through age six. Individual children's needs, interests and developmental levels are taken into consideration. Teachers design curriculum to promote the development of the whole child's physical, social/emotional, math, science, and literary skills. Teachers encourage problem solving, independence, and collaboration. Curriculum is based upon projects that interest the children which helps to enhance learning.

Enrolling Your Child

The CDL welcomes new students on a 'space available' basis. To apply, please right click the link to the following files, download, read, and complete Developmental/Family Information and Family Contract pages. To reserve a space for your child, return the completed documents with your deposit to the CDL (Lovinger 1270).

Should you have additional questions please contact the director, Ms. Natalie Tye,