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

The two existing programs on the Twin Cities campus will come together to create a premier academically-based program in the College of Education and Human Development.

The College of Education and Human Development and the Provost’s Office have launched a process to bring together the current Shirley G. Moore Lab School and Child Development Center into a new, unified, research-based academic program within CEHD. This will advance 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 CEHD integrated program will provide access to high-quality child care 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 unified program will build on the strengths of both programs while being academically grounded in premier programs for research and training in child development and early childhood education. The integrated program will be a premier research-based program that provides top-tier research, education, and community engagement opportunities, as well as high-quality research-based childcare that includes both full-day and part-day options. 


Unified Program Planning

Planning for the integration of the program will begin in January 2019. Integration is anticipated to occur over the course of 18 to 20 months. Provost Hanson and CEHD Dean Quam have jointly convened an Integration Workgroup to develop an integration plan with ongoing input and feedback from a Parent-Faculty Advisory Team. CEHD Dean Jean Quam ultimately will approve an implementation plan informed by the Workgroup’s recommendations, in consultation with Provost Hanson and academic leaders in the Institute of Child Development. 



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

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