ChAD Lab Preschool
Due to COVID-19 health concerns, we are closed for the Fall 2020 semester.
San Jose State University’s Child Development Lab Preschool Program operates two classrooms for children 2 to 5 years of age. We follow the University’s semester calendar and are in session during the fall and spring semesters. Occasionally we will hold a summer session.
- The Toddler Lab class is for children 2 years of age. Children must be 2 years by September 1. There are two class times- Monday/Wednesday 9:00-11:00am and Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:00am. There is no class on Friday. The fee for the class is $180/month and payable on the 1st of each month September, October, November, February, March, and April. Children generally attend a few days in December and May, so fees are combined. May tuition - Toddler lab $40.
- The Multi-age Lab class is for children 3-5 years of age. Children must be 3 years by September 1. The morning session is from 9-11:30am and the afternoon session is from 12:30-3:00pm Monday through Thursday. There is no class on Friday. The fee for the class is $290/month for the morning session and $265/month for the afternoon session. Fees are payable on the 1st of each month September, October, November, February, March, and April. Children generally attend a few days in December and May, so fees are combined. May tuition - Multi-age morning $75 and afternoon $65.
The SJSU Child Development Laboratory Preschool philosophy is based on the belief that young children's development can be enhanced intellectually, emotionally, and socially. We believe this is most likely to occur when children are free to explore an environment that is rich in activities, safe in its physical design and implementation, and staffed by knowledgeable individuals who are respectful in their interactions with children. While we exist because we are a learning laboratory for adult students, whenever children are present they are our first concern.
We believe that children learn best through play! When children are engaged in hands-on, developmentally appropriate play experiences the learning is limitless. This means the children will get messy by doing what they choose –painting, building, playing games, using their imaginations, etc. The children will be invited to ask lots of questions about their environment. Through active inquiry and with support/guidance from responsive Teachers, the children will answer their own questions. Children will also spend time socializing with their peers. We believe that through socialization, children will learn how to be more productive, successful, and caring. We focus a lot of time and energy on language development because every child will be communicating, negotiating, and problem solving for the rest of their lives. We believe that supporting a child’s interest will create their momentum of becoming a lifelong learner.
Kindergarten readiness is on our minds and in our daily classroom practices. We look to the California Preschool Learning Foundations for curricular support. Volumes 1, 2, and 3 provide us with developmentally appropriate expectations for young children.https://www.cde.ca.gov/sp/cd/re/psfoundations.aspWe also look to the National Association of the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) for support in our practices.https://www.naeyc.org/
Curriculum at the Child Development Lab Preschool includes child-initiated and some teacher-led activities and experiences offered to young children that support and enrich their development emotionally, socially, physically, and cognitively. Self-selection or “free-play” is a daily part of the curriculum and means a child has the opportunity to choose which center or activity he/she participates in. This promotes creative expression and development of important social skills. Teachers are expected to actively participate with the children during free play activities by asking open-ended questions about what the children are doing, participating in their pretend play, reading books when prompted, encouraging children to try new activities or play with a new item(s), etc.
Our Parent Handbook provides comprehensive information about our Lab Preschool Programs.
Research Opportunities for Faculty
For faculty who are interested in conducting research at the preschool, please contact Joy Foster, Lab School Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lab School Observation Rooms
Classroom Observations for SJSU students
For some course assignments, students may be required to complete observations of young children under the age of five. Our two lab schools have observation rooms that can be used by students for these course assignments.
- Toddler Lab: The Toddler Lab class is for children 2 years of age. There are two class times- Monday/Wednesday 9:00-11:00am and Tuesday/Thursday 9:00-11:00am. This observation room is located in Sweeney Hall (SH) room 117-J.
- Multi-age Lab: The Multi-age Lab class is for children 3-5 years of age. The morning session is from 9-11:30am and the afternoon session is from 12:30-3:00pm Monday through Thursday. There is no class on Friday. This observation room is located in Central Classroom Building (CCB) room 117.
Important reminders for students observing our classrooms:
- Carry and be ready to show your student SJSU Tower ID.
- Be respectful and follow the posted rules in the observation room
- Do not enter the classrooms or have contact with the children without permission of the lab instructor.
Classroom Observations for Parents and Families
We encourage our parents to use our observation spaces after drop off, during class time and before pick up. We would like you to see how our program really works. It is important for parents to see our busy, happy, active and creative program and how their child is at play. We want parents to view learning through play in our environment. We request that you do not tell your child that you will be in the Observation Room “watching” them, or show them the actual space.
These spaces are also shared with SJSU undergraduate and graduate students who seek to observe young children’s behaviors for educational purposes. SJSU students might be seen using these spaces to record written observations needed for course assignments in various disciplines.
For additional questions about the Lab School or Preschool Classroom, please contact Joy Foster, Lab School Director at email@example.com. For questions about the Toddler Classroom, please contact Jessica Fraser, Toddler Classroom Instructor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Faculty, Staff and Student-Teachers
We insist that all staff members adhere to the state Licensing requirements. Staff members are considered - Lab Instructors or Head Teachers, Student-Teachers, Teacher-Assistants, and Substitute Teachers. Before working in the classroom, each staff member will:
- Complete a Background Clearance (through fingerprinting/Live Scan)
- Submit a proof of up to date immunizations (DTaP and MMR)
- Submit a proof of a negative TB skin or blood test (dated within 1 year)
- Lab Instructors and substitutes are required to obtain:
- CPR and First Aid certification, retraining every 2 years
- Mandated Reporter Training, retraining every 2 years (student-teachers also complete this training each semester as an assignment for their session)
- Child Development Permit, renewal every 5 years
The Toddler and Multi-Age Lab Instructors are faculty members in the Child and Adolescent Development (ChAD) department at SJSU. Both Instructors have earned their MA Degrees in Child Development or related fields and hold the Child Development Director Permits through California’s Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
Student-Teachers are an integral part of our program providing individual attention to your child, and at the same time they are learning through direct, hands-on experience how to foster a child's development. Our Student-Teachers have many duties throughout the semester that gives them a view of what teaching looks and feels like in the early childhood classroom. While constant supervision is MOST important, they will also have curricular and classroom responsibilities. Our Student-Teachers will be designing and implementing learning opportunities for the children, and having engaging interactions with the children.
For more information about the program, please email or call the Lab Preschool Director: