Unification of the Shirley G. Moore Lab School and Child Development Center

Spring 2021 Update

The unification of the University of Minnesota Child Development Center and Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School is set to officially begin in Fall 2021. The new, combined program will be named the University of Minnesota Child Development Laboratory School, located at 921 17th Ave SE in Minneapolis. The program will be academically and administratively housed in the Institute of Child Development (ICD) and integrated with the department's research and early childhood education training programs. Read more.


The College of Education and Human Development and the Provost’s Office are moving forward with a process to bring together the current Shirley G. Moore Lab School and the Child Development Center into a unified, academically based program that provides top-tier research, education, and community engagement opportunities, as well as high-quality, research-based full-day and half-day early childhood education. 

The integration of the programs are aligned with steps announced by the president and provost in September 2018 that followed the review of recommendations from the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Child Care. The unified program will provide access to high-quality early childhood education for campus families, supporting an important campus need underscored in the committee’s report, while ensuring that direct ongoing University support and funding is directed to academic mission. 

The current CDC building will undergo strategic expansion to accommodate the new academically based, unified program with a total of 240 children. (The current 140 full-day children enrolled in CDC and the current half-day 100 children enrolled in the Lab School.)


Lab School


  Unification Planning


building sketch


  Building Project


The Unified Program is one initiative of the Provost’s Child Care Planning for the Twin Cities Campus.

Read Spring 2021 update.