Child Development Laboratory School

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Infants and toddlers

2- and 3-year-olds

3-, 4-, and 5-year-olds


Application and selection








The ISU Child Development Laboratory School offers full-day, year-round programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers while serving as an exemplary early childhood education model for ISU students preparing to be early childhood teachers, administrators, and child and family specialists. 

“The Lab School is a leader of what every single child care facility should strive to be.”

– Mike and Sheri Parsons

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The ISU Laboratory School has full-time openings in our year-round Preschool program for 4-year olds.  Children must be age 4 by September 15th.  The Lab School is a partner with the Ames Community School District's Statewide Voluntary Preschool Program.  Eligible families may receive a tuition discount.  Click on the "Application" link to submit your free application.


Parents can visit their kids at the Lab School

Just a reminder that parents can visit their child at the Lab School — to have lunch with your child, assist with a field trip, or simply help with a classroom activity. You may also observe your child from the observation booths attached to each classroom.