As part of our mission as a land grant university, the Child Development Laboratories take an active role in outreach. As an outstanding model for early childhood education, we welcome practitioners from across the state, country, and world to our labs. We are excited to share information about our work in supporting children's development in all domains. We model exemplary practice in support of children's social development.
We serve Early Childhood Professionals by:
- Providing an exemplary research-driven program within which university students can observe and practice their developing skills.
- Including students in a comprehensive early childhood educational program, which includes integration of literacy across the domains, the use of anti-bias curriculum, and advocacy for children.
- Supporting each student in his or her professional development by providing an emotionally safe environment.
- Providing written and oral feedback.
Students are supported in their professional development through conference presentations. Staff share their expertise through workshops, publications, and observational tours of their classrooms. Teachers can also complete their required number of hours for their Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) at the Child Development Laboratories.
The CDL teachers, staff and students are actively advocating for children and the early childhood profession with professional memberships and conferences. Click here for a list of presentations and ongoing professional development of the Head Teachers and Academic Staff.
The Michigan State University CDL and Chang Gung’s Department of Child Care and Education support students from Taiwan participating in a month long international workshop at the MSU Labs to learn new perspectives in education and care. Please view a sample four week schedule here.