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The Child Development Lab (CDL) Preschool Full-Day Program:

  • Enrolls 20 children, ages three to five years
  • Open 8:30am to 4:30pm
  • Open 12 months a year
  • Closed approximately 20 days plus holidays, spring break, winter recess and professional development week in August.
  • Closed 5 days for professional development in August.
  • Classroom Phone: 573) 882-4754; Please call (573) 882-4318 for enrollment information
Enrollment is open to children in the community age 2½ (if potty trained) to 5 years with the goal to have a well-rounded, diverse group of children representative of the population of Columbia. The CDL reserves the right to enroll children based on sex, age, race, ethnicity, special needs and low-income for the purposes of high-quality teacher training. The program is designed as a full-day, 10 hour child care program and serves the purposes of full-time employed parents best.
Emerging Language and Literacy Curriculum: This curriculum provides developmentally appropriate language and literacy practices for preschool children, stressing the importance of communication. Learning is facilitated through direct teaching, small-group, and learning center time.
Time: Activity:
7:30 am Arrival begins
7:40 to 8:40 am Playground
8:40 to 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 to 9:10 am Brain Smart Start and Opening Circle
9:10 to 9:30 am Shared Storybook Reading
9:30 to 10:40 am Learning Centers and P.A. Groups
10:40 to 11:00 am Cognitive Circle
11:00 to 12:00 pm Playground
12:00 to 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 to 1:00 pm Bathroom and books
1:00 to 3:00 pm Nap
3:00 to 3:30 pm Snack
3:10 to 4:30 pm Learning Centers and P.A. Groups
4:30 to 5:30 pm Playground

This schedule is flexible. If the weather is not safe we shorten outside time.

Erin Angst Baker
Lead Teacher
Anne Lobb
Assistant Teacher