Frequently Asked Questions

Does the School operate in the summer?

Yes, we have both a school year (42 week) and summer (9 week) program for children in the preschool years (6 weeks-5 years).  The summer contract is optional for some families. Children in the 3-5 year old mixed age classrooms have the ability to opt out of one or more 3 week summer sessions by paying a required holding fee. In addition, new families can enroll a preschool age child for just the summer, if space is available. We no longer offer school-age summer programming. We are closed in the summer during the week of the 4th of July.

Do I get priority enrollment if I am a University Employee or Student?

No, the Child Development Lab is open equally to University and non-University affiliated parents.

Can I submit an application to be on a waiting list as soon as my child is born?

No.  We do enrollment on a year-by-year basis, beginning on March 15th. 

Does my child have to be toilet trained?

No, children do not have to be toilet trained to attend the program, however you will need to provide diapers and wipes.

Does the center provide a lunch?

No, but the center does provide snacks. We provide organic milk to serve with the lunch you provide. We also provide a refrigerator and microwave to heat up foods and keep foods cold.

Why is the school called a “Laboratory”?

In addition to providing high quality early learning programs for children, the program exists to serve the Research, Teaching and Outreach missions of the University and School of Human Ecology.

What kinds of research is conducted at the Child Development Lab?

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What if I do not want my child included in a research project?

Your informed consent is always obtained for every research project.  Research is part of our mission, so you may be asked, but you can always say no.

Will volunteers and UW students be working with my child?

Yes, we provide University students with opportunities to observe in the classroom and/or get practical experience in working with children.  Students and volunteers participate under the supervision of the lead teacher.

When does the school close due to the weather?

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