Lab School overview

The ISU Child Development Laboratory School offers full-day year-round programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. The Lab School's exemplary early childhood education model provides observation and participatory experiences for ISU students preparing to be early childhood teachers, administrators and child and family specialists. It also serves as a research site for the college and university.


The mission of the Child Development Laboratory School in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) is to provide students with a hands-on experience working with and observing young children while serving as a model early childhood program for young children, including those with disabilities, and their families.

Location and facilities

The Child Development Laboratory School is located in the Palmer HDFS Building on Osborn Drive on the Iowa State University campus.

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The facility includes:

  • Four classrooms
  • The Children's Library
  • Administrative offices
  • Laundry
  • Kitchen


Jennifer VanRyswyk
Jennifer Van Ryswyk


1315 Palmer Building
2222 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1084
Kim Venteicher
Kim Venteicher

Parent coordinator:

0351 Palmer building
2222 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1084
Christine Lippard
Christine Lippard

Faculty liaison: 

Palmer building
2222 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1084

Non-discrimination policy

Iowa State University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex, marital status, disability, or status as a U.S. veteran. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity and Diversity, 3680 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612. This institution is an equal opportunity provider.