About the timeline
The timeline below covers highlights from the very beginning of the Child Development Laboratory School. From the start, the school has provided a service by helping society meet the needs, relevant to the times, of children and families. The school also takes great pride in its leadership oriented, innovative programs it implements along the way.
As the beginning of the Child Care and Training Course, the Nursery School opened for the first time with nine children for the morning program.
The earliest research in the laboratory school began.
Became the Department of Child Development In The Department of Child Development was established which would involve nursery school teaching research, college teaching, supervision of infants in home management houses, and conferences with parents.
Edith Sunderlin, known as the Storybook Lady, began her radio broadcasts on WOI Radio. Her radio program for preschool children lasted into the 1950s.
The Infant Care and Study began by supervising babies in the Home Management Houses.
The Older Children’s Laboratory program was formed.
The first Introductory Child Development course was taught on WOI-TV. Multiage preschool groups were also organized in the school.
The Nursery School became officially known as the Child Development Laboratories.
Becoming a daily program, the Older Children’s Laboratory program was the first known laboratory after-school care program in the nation.
Half-day kindergarten courses began in the lab.
Barbara Scott was awarded the first Ph.D. degree in Child Development
The preschool Handicapped Emphasis teacher endorsement was created.
The Extended Day program becomes an integrated preschool program and the Morning Only kindergarten becomes the Full-Day kindergarten program.
To better facilitate research data collection as well as program and student evaluation, and instructional purposes two videotaping cameras installed in each classroom.
The CDLS was accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.
Full-Day Kindergarten became a demonstration site for the Iowa Department of Education Iowa-Nebraska Primary Program Curriculum while laboratory school faculty served as consultants.
HDFS faculty revised teacher licensure programs to merge special education content throughout the courses and field experiences.
CDLS moved to Palmer Human Development and Family Studies Building where it currently remains.