About | LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory School

 

About

The LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) is a Reggio Emilia - inspired, NAEYC accredited, research facility within the School of Education and is aligned with undergraduate and graduate programs in Early Childhood Education.

Embedded within the College of Human Sciences & Education, the ECELP serves as a laboratory for the generation of cutting-edge research in the areas of child development and education. It also serves as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students as a model demonstration site within the community. Through its support of research and teaching, the ECELP will generate and disseminate knowledge about best practices in early childhood education to support children’s development and learning.

Philosophy

The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. 

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Letter from the Executive Director

The vision for Louisiana State University’s Early Childhood Education Lab Preschool is to be recognized as a leader in the field of Early Childhood Education for international, national, and local contributions to knowledge, policy, and practice through the dissemination of cutting-edge research.

Louisiana State University’s Early Childhood Education Lab Preschool serves as a research and model demonstration component of the Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education, College of Human Sciences & Education.

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-Cyndi DiCarlo, PhD

Executive Director, ECELP
Professor, Early Childhood Education

 

 


 

Quick Facts

Reggio Emilia-inspired research facility

Located on LSU's main campus

35 staff members

175 children (aged 6 weeks to 4 years old)

Serves as a laboratory for the next generation of cutting-edge research in the areas of child development and education

Serves as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students as a model demonstration site within the community, the state of
Louisiana and beyond.

 

student with child

Research

Through its support of research and teaching, the ECELP generates and disseminates knowledge about best practices in early childhood education to support children’s development and learning. The preschool provides services for LSU students, staff and faculty, furthers the Flagship research agenda in instruction, research and service, provides high quality early childhood services, and functions as a self-supporting entity. The ECELP serves as a model for instructional, research, and service activities, representing LSU, Louisiana’s flagship university.

 


 

 

"This daily note feature and digest is fantastic!!! Thank you for making the first week feel like we've been here all along. Thank you for all you do to shape our little boy and nurture him while we are away!"

-A. Fennell

When asked "What did you like best..."

"...That it is more than a daycare. They learned something at every age. We also love the staff and became close to many!"

-Anonymous

 

The feeling of importance and independence the children get from being able to truly express their ideas and interests. My child loved when she would have an interest and that interest would become the topic of discussion for an activity that the whole class participated in.

 -Anonymous