The MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL) offers programming to children eighteen months to five years of age. We offer half-day academic year preschool as well as full-day, year-round preschool. The CDL is operated in East Lansing's Central School and Haslett's Wilkshire Early Childhood Center by the Department of Human Development and Family Studies.
The CDL is a partner with the family in the educational experience. Students, faculty members, and families all benefit from these shared activities, learning from one another and working together for the well-being of the children.
The CDL provides a learning environment for both preschool children and MSU students. University faculty, staff and students perform research at the CDL. Students learn about child development, strategies for supporting children's social interactions, and methods of developing interesting and appropriate learning activities. These students, under the guidance of departmental faculty members, become team members in planning and carrying out valuable and interesting educational experiences for children. In providing the highest quality programming for children and families, faculty members also create an exemplary learning experience for college students.
Elementary Education or Special Education Certified Teachers may complete their required number of hours for the Early Childhood Endorsement or ZA in the Child Development Laboratories. The hours are completed in a condensed time frame in the latter part of the summer. Please go to the Early Childhood Endorsement or ZA section of the website for a schedule of courses.