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 Child Development Laboratory Schools

Tiffany R. Carter, M.Ed.
Site Director

NOTE: For information about the Child Development degree or certificate programs click here​    


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.                


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.                


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.                


City Colleges of Chicago operates its Child Development Schools at five of its campuses. We offer services for children between 3 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.​​​​   ​​   ​​​​




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Contact Information

(773) 291-6317
10001 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Room 1102
Chicago , IL 60628
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Summer Hours:
7:30am to 4pm

Fall Hours:
7:30am to 5pm


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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