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About us

The Shirley G. Moore Laboratory School opened in 1925. It’s one of the oldest laboratory schools in the United States.

The school is part of the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development (ICD). ICD houses the #1 developmental psychology program in the nation (U.S. News and World Report, 2018) and academic programs in early childhood education and applied child and adolescent development.

The school serves as a living laboratory, where the Institute’s research is put into practice. It’s also a training site for the Institute’s early childhood education students. Through their student teaching experience, they learn how to incorporate best practices in early childhood education into their curriculum.

Shirley G. Moore

In 1987, the school was renamed in honor of ICD Professor Emeritus Shirley G. Moore, who was the school’s director for 13 years.