CDLS Wishlist: Fall 2022

Wooden brooms, rakes, or shovels Kid size wheelbarrows Colored masking tape Markers Rain jackets and rain pants (size 2T – 6/8) Wool socks Winter boots size 12 and up Snowpants size 2T- 6/8

Scholastic: Fall 2022

Scholastic book clubs have been around for many years.  They help families and schools find quality books at affordable prices.  Families can use our school code: H7MHT, to order books anytime at  The books can be delivered to the CDLS or your home and our school will continue to earn points on your order.… Continue reading Scholastic: Fall 2022

Family Book Exchange

If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Family Book Exchange shelf near the front doors, we encourage you to take a peek, grab a book, or leave a book next time you are at school!  

Practicum Students On-Site for Child Psych 5241

CDLS will be welcoming Early Childhood Education and Developmental Psychology students this school year to learn about the field of early childhood education.  The students will observe the various stages of children’s development and the skillful teaching practices of the CDLS staff.  Their practicum experience is paired with instruction pertaining to the importance of observation… Continue reading Practicum Students On-Site for Child Psych 5241

Volunteer Opportunities: Fall 2022

There is a range of different volunteer opportunities for CLDS parents and friends.  If you are interested in being contacted about volunteer opportunities in the future, please fill out this updated Volunteer Survey.   Ways to volunteer Scholastic book club Help put together book packets When books arrive, separate and distribute them to families Family library… Continue reading Volunteer Opportunities: Fall 2022

Research support for outdoor play

There are many studies that have been conducted over the past 60 or more years that have supported the benefits of children being engaged in regular outdoor play.  Julie Ernst, from UMD recently spoke at an Institute of Child Development Bag Lunch on her expanding research on nature-based programs for young children.  A recent study… Continue reading Research support for outdoor play

COVID: Fall 2022 Update

Hello families, thank you for your continued support and patience as we navigate the pandemic and our policies. The CDC recently updated its policies around pandemic safety- including testing, quarantine, and vaccinations. We are considering what these changes would look like in our community since we have individuals too young to be fully vaccinated yet.… Continue reading COVID: Fall 2022 Update

Williams Ridge to present at the Guidelines for Excellence Workshop

Sheila Williams Ridge, co-director of the Child Development Laboratory School, will present at The Minnesota Association for Environmental Education (MAEE) Guidelines for Excellence Workshop on April 30, 2022. The workshop invites environmental educators, administrators, or program developers, to learn about best practices in quality environmental education programs. The morning workshop will explore key characteristics of high-quality… Continue reading Williams Ridge to present at the Guidelines for Excellence Workshop