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 Child Development Laboratory School

 
 
 
Vision
The Child Development Laboratory Schools will lead City Colleges of Chicago in providing high-quality model programs, as well as demonstration and training sites that serve faculty, students, and children of the colleges and the greater Chicago community.

Mission
To provide high-quality care for preschool young children of diverse backgrounds (including, dual language learners and children with disabilities), incorporating best practices based on established standards and research in the field and to provide student support to all City Colleges of Chicago attendees in order to ensure student success.

Philosophy
The program's approach to Child Development and Education is developmentally and linguistically appropriate and demonstrates the understanding that children have individual rates of development, interests, temperaments, languages, cultural backgrounds, and learning styles. Families are considered the child’s first teachers and are partners in their children's education.

School Readiness Vision
The City Colleges of Chicago Laboratory Schools will prepare its children and families to be ready to succeed in Kindergarten. Our School Readiness goals include; developing children's "skills, knowledge, and attitudes necessary for success in school and for future learning and life." Our objective is to achieve and promote the following educational goals through effective early childhood instruction: Social Competency, Emergent/Early Literacy, Emergent Math & Science, Health & Nutritional Awareness and Cultural Identity & Awareness.

We will prepare children for success in school using the Widely Held Expectations (WHE) from the Teaching Strategies GOLD observation and assessment tool that is aligned with the Head Start Early Learning Framework and the Illinois Early Learning Standards (IELS). Teachers will utilize data analysis from the GOLD to plan for each child individually in school and collaborate with families to strategize on how to best support their child's development at home.

Operations
City Colleges of Chicago operates its Child Development Schools at five of its campuses.  We offer services for children between 2 years old to 5 years old; the age depends on the location.  We welcome and provide services to children with special needs.  In addition, we receive subsidized funding from Head Start, Preschool for All, and Child Care for families that qualify and we have a sliding fee scale which makes it affordable for families.   Please contact the college directly to find out the specific age, hours of operation, and funding source qualifications.
                  
Summer Day Camp​                
From the end of June to mid-August, Truman College’s Lab Preschool offers a summer day camp for children ages 4 to 9. Our program engages children in a variety of special STEAM experiences that will inspire and awaken their creativity and sense of wonder. Our weekly field trips take children to fun and educational attractions throughout Chicago. In addition, we include fun sports and fitness activities and walks to the beach and local water playlots.

Please find registration information and forms under “Summer Day Camp Forms."           

             
             
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Programs

 

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Contact Information

Phone: 
(773) 907-4740
Fax: 
(773) 907-4743
1145 W. Wilson Ave.
 
Chicago , IL 60640
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Hours

Extended Hours-7:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Full Day Hours - 7:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m

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Resources​

 

Annual Finance and Audit Reports                                 

Chicago Children's Museum                                 

Chicago Department of Family Support Services                                 

Chicago Metro Association for the Education of Young Children                                 

Chicago Public Library – Home Page                                 

Chicago Public Schools – Early Childhood Education Programs                                 

DFSS-Child Outcome Planning and Assessment                                 

Electronic Payment Portal                                 

Illinois Action for Children                                 

Illinois Head Start Association                                 

Illinois State Board of Education – Nutrition and Wellness Program                                 

NAEYC Accreditation                                 

National Head Start Association                                 

Office of the Administration for Children and Families – Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center (ECLKC)                                 

STARTNET Region V (City of Chicago)                                 

Teaching Strategies GOLD Online      


      

Summer Day Camp Forms