Child Development Lab
Gabel Hall 169-170
Phone: (815) 753-1150
Fax: (815) 752-0023
Hours of Operation:
Monday - Friday
7:45 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
You may submit an application online during the open enrollment periods in April (for summer and fall enrollment) and October (for spring enrollment). Applications received outside of the enrollment period will automatically be wait listed for the current semester in which the application was submitted.
There are several variables when determining placements. These include demographics such as age, gender, race and abilities. The CDL also strives to maintain a balance of student, NIU faculty/staff, and community families.
We also prioritize enrollment the following way: full time, MWF, and T/TH in order to maximize enrollment and be financially sound.
The Child Development Lab is part of the College of Health and Human Sciences and exists primarily for the purpose of training undergraduate child development majors.
Our mission of training, mentoring, service and research makes lab schools unique from typical child care centers. The Child Development Lab is a training site for undergraduate Family and Child Studies majors with an emphasis in child development at NIU. Our program is equipped to provide observation and research opportunities to faculty and students.
The CDL is a relationship based program which uses mixed age grouping: infants, toddler and two year olds are grouped together and three, four and five year olds are grouped together to provide continuity of care.
No. All children must have a contract on file. Please refer to enrollment procedures for additional information.
Infant/toddler/two classrooms are licensed for 12 children and preschool is licensed for 20 children.
Infant/toddler/two classrooms are 1 to 4. Preschool is 1 to 10. This does not take into account the practicum students.
The CDL in an inclusive program and we do our best to meet the needs of all children. Our staff may not have the proper training for all special needs, so we will request a meeting with the family to learn more about the child and determine if the CDL will be a good fit for the child.
Yes, the CDL will accept payment through the child care assistance program if you are approved. Please contact 4-C directly to request an application and learn more about program requirements.