Children learn best as they interact first-hand with people, their environments, and the natural world. BYU-Idaho Child Labs provide opportunities for children to use their senses in hands-on learning to develop their natural sense of curiosity and wonder.
As a teacher training program, the BYU-Idaho Child Development Laboratories provides opportunities for students to:
- promote the physical, social and cognitive development of all children;
- work in partnership with families; and become sensitive, creative, and capable early child educators.
The philosophical foundation for the program is based on the accreditation standards of the National Association for the Education of Young Children and the criteria set forth in Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs (NAEYC 2009).
Child Labs State Licensure
BYU-Idaho Child Labs is a licensed facility which adheres to state standards for child care organizations through Idaho STARS. The child labs are a practicum experience for student teachers at BYU-Idaho who are pursuing degrees in Child Development, Professional Preschool, Early Childhood Special Education and Family Consumer Science Education.
Children of BYU-Idaho faculty and students, as well as community patrons, are welcome to apply and participate in this lab experience where future teachers are trained in their field of study.