The Child Development Center Laboratory for Child Study supports the Hartnell College mission by serving as an observation and training site, giving Hartnell students the opportunity to observe, interact with, and study preschool children in an environment which utilizes varied teaching strategies and methods to assure developmentally appropriate experiences for young children. The Campus CDC lab serves as a model and sets standards for the larger community regarding quality education for children and provides quality educational opportunities for the youngest citizens of our diverse community.
- Students will practice and demonstrate developmentally appropriate early childhood program planning and teaching competencies under the supervision of early childhood education/child development faculty and other qualified education professionals.
- Students will utilize practical classroom experiences to make connections between theory and practice, develop professional behaviors, and build a comprehensive understanding of children and families.
- The campus CDC lab will serve as an on-campus model program strongly linked to the Social and Behavioral Sciences Division where students may fulfill their required coursework and learn best practices.
- Support the development of a well-prepared early care and education professional workforce through consistent research-based practical application connected to theory.
- Provide students with ongoing guidance and feedback from a well-qualified, supervisory staff to ensure a continuous interplay of theory, research and practice linking knowledge, skills and professional dispositions.