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

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




This site will provide ongoing updates on the planning and program unification process to keep parents, staff, teachers, and other stakeholders informed about progress and ensure opportunities for input.

If you have questions about the Unified Program, please email unifiedprogram@umn.edu, and we will respond as soon as possible.


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

Unification Updates

April 28, 2020 - Update from Rayla Allison, CEHD Chief of Operations

April 1, 2020 - Unified Program Schematic Design

April 1, 2020 - Update from Rayla Allison, CEHD Chief of Operations 

March 11, 2020 - Update from Obafemi Ogunleye, CEHD Assistant Project Manager

February 6, 2020 - Dean Quam's message to the CDC and Lab School community

February 6, 2020 - Unified Program Executive Director search announcement

January 22, 2020 - Update from Rayla Allison, CEHD Chief of Operations

December 11, 2019 - Update from Obafemi Ogunleye, CEHD Assistant Project Manager 

November 13, 2019 - Update from Chelsey Gulsvig, CDC Area Coordinator and Advisory Team Member

October 30, 2019 - Update from Ann Bailey, Director of the Center for Early Education and Development

October 15, 2019 - Update from Magn Wakeham, CDC Area Coordinator and Advisory Team Member