"R" Child Labs

"R" Child Labs are Child Development Laboratories sponsored by BYU-Idaho. 

Mission Statement

The purpose of the BYU-Idaho Child Labs is to provide opportunities for students to promote the physical, social, and cognitive development of all children, and work in partnership with families.

WE STRIVE TO:

Prepare BYU-Idaho students to create learning experiences and environments that promote the growth of all children.

Value and nurture each child's unique qualities and potential while encouraging progress of all children in each developmental domain.

Develop family and community partnership that facilitate mutual respect and communication.

Philosophy

1. Prepare BYU-Idaho students to create learning experiences and environments that promote the growth of all children.

HOW:

  • Faculty will provide coursework and first hand experiences with children.
  • Students will practice creating room arrangements and environments that are functional for the age of children using that facility.
  • Students will practice relating, interacting, responding appropriately to children and their interests and needs.
  • Students will practice giving and receiving constructive feedback and then implementing change in practices.
  • Students will develop lesson and activity plans based on children's interests, needs, and developmental ability.
  • Students will have opportunities to implement developmentally appropriate content with varying levels of direct and indirect teaching strategies.
  • Students will engage in a variety of experiences teaching children in both a supporting and lead teaching role.
  • Students will have experiences that promote their professional development in working with children, families, and teaching teams.

Philosophy

2. Value and nurture each child's unique qualities and potential while encouraging progress of all children in each developmental domain.

HOW:

  • Students will complete individual observations and assessments for each child.
  • Students will provide individually appropriate curriculum and supports based on children's needs and interests.
  • Students will develop daily schedule that allows for free-choice and teacher directed activities.
  • Students will ensure the child's initiative drives their learning.
  • Students will provide environments based on child needs and interests.
  • Students will allow children to learn through a variety of learning styles and multi-sensory experiences.
  • Students will craft interactive first-hand experiences.
  • Students will promote development in all domains through exploration and play.

Philosophy

3. Develop family and community partnership that facilitate mutual communication.

How:

  • Students will provide Parent Orientations, home visits and family contact to promote interactive dialog that supports children in their needs.
  • Faculty will encourage parents to observe the classroom settings and meet with the child's teachers.
  • Students will provide parents educational information, materials, and coaching based on best practices.
  • Faculty and students will promote collaboration with personnel that provide services for children who have special needs and children who are English Language Learners (ELL).
  • Faculty will establish partnerships with programs that promote the needs of children and families.
  • Faculty will encourage families and teachers to make connections with community resources.


For More information contact the Child Lab Manager:

Lab Manager Suanne Ellsworth 496-4009
Program Director Michael Godfrey 496-4013
Preschool Faculty Kaelin Olsen 469-4031
Betty McQuain 496-4030
David Allen 496-4106
Toddler Director Jillisa Cranmer 496-4111
Toddler Faculty Sarah Johnson 496-4127
Mackenzie Swenson 534-8794

Application for Child Enrollment 

Toddler Applications pick up in Lab Manager Office (CLK217) Applications are available approximately 3 months before the semester starts.