Read what some current and past families have had to say about the Preschool Lab:
We have two daughters at the Mineral Point Road location of the UW Preschool Lab – Ellie is almost four and a “Fox” (Preschool Room), and Caroline is almost two, and a “Owl” (Infant Room). Because we had fall babies, and PSL enrolls new kids in a cohort in August each year, both started at a more standard commercial day care center, which I believe gives us a valuable perspective on how lucky we are to have spots at the PSL. Our other day care center was high quality, and I have and will continue to recommended it to friends, but they were limited in what they could do with the standard state licensing 8-to-2 infant to teacher ratio. Things like getting outside, doing art projects, going on walks and field trips were challenging and rare accomplishments – and I can’t say that I can blame them. If I were in charge if 4 infants, I’d be lucky to keep them fed and diapered, much less do anything else!
It’s not just the quantity of caregivers, but the quality too. The PSL has a very dynamic combination of long time, experienced staff alongside younger, enthusiastic newer staff & students, which I believe is the best of both worlds. There is a lot to be said for having someone on your caregiving team who has seen it all, and the kids thrive with that kind of consistency and calmness. I will admit to having watched teachers resolve conflict, handle groups, redirect undesirable behavior or handle meltdowns….and co-opted many of those phrases and strategies for my own parenting. Meanwhile, the school is consistently exposed to students who are studying the latest in early childhood learning literature, and the staff has access to researchers, faculty and continuing education through a high quality university program. This combination is unique and I believe gives the school a completely different vibe that day care centers that either have long time staff unwilling to change or adapt…or more junior staff in constant turnover.
-Chris Lalande, parent at the former Mineral Point Road site and current Linden site (Mineral Point Road site is now closed)
Our child had a wonderful final year. It’s the 7th year for our family at the PSL and we couldn’t have been happier. The PSL is fantastic. There is simply nothing better than seeing your child excited about going to school. The Fox room was great this year. We feel that our child had a great environment to play, learn and develop. Mary and Katy make another great PSL team! Thank you to all the staff- you are, of course, what makes the PSL so wonderful. We will miss you all!
We are very happy here; our child is thriving. Love, love, love our teachers and Preschool Lab! Keep up the great work.
We’re extremely happy. Maria in particular is just superb. We’re thrilled with how much our kid loves the class. You’re all very communicative, and we feel our daughter’s development and general happiness is greatly affected by coming to the PSL. Thanks and keep it