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  • Child Development Laboratories


    • East Lansing Campus: 325 W. Grand River, East Lansing, MI 48823
    • Haslett Campus: 5750 Academic Way, Haslett, MI 48840


    The MSU Child Development Laboratories (CDL) offers programming to children eighteen months to five years of age. We offer half-day academic year preschool as well as full-day, year-round preschool. 

    The CDL takes an active role in outreach, welcoming practitioners from across the state, country, and world to visit the labs, sharing information about their work in supporting children's development in all domains, and modeling exemplary practice in support of children's social development.  Students and Early Childhood professionals benefit by the exemplary research-driven program within which university students can observe and practice developing skills; being included in a comprehensive Early Childhood educational program, which includes integration of literacy across the domains, the use of anti-bias curriculum, and advocacy for children; being supported in his or her professional development in an emotionally safe environment; and receiving written and oral feedback.  

    Students are supported in their professional development through conference presentations. Staff share their expertise through workshops, publications, and observational tours of their classrooms. Teachers can also complete their required number of hours for their Early Childhood Endorsement (ZS) at the Child Development Laboratories.

  • Literacy Colloquy: Popular Culture Texts in the Literacy Landscape (March 2018)


    March 27, 2018. 11:00 am - 12:30 pm


    252 Erickson Hall, 620 Farm Lane, East Lansing, MI, 48824


    Haeny Yoon, assistant professor in the Early Childhood Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, will speak on Popular Culture Texts in the Literacy Landscape: Play as Critical Work in Contemporary Childhood(s). At times, it makes adults uncomfortable to see children playing out typical gender roles, violent storylines, and "bathroom humor" in classroom spaces where serious academic work takes precedence over the silliness of pop culture and play. Drawing from examples in kindergarten classrooms, this presentation examines popular culture texts in the lives of young children as a performative tool--to (re)produce social identities related to race/class/gender/ability; to initiate and maintain friendships; to (re)imagine stories; and to practice literacy in authentic spaces. 

  • Spartan Youth Programs Website


    The Spartan Youth Programs Website is a catalog of the programs and activities MSU offers to preK through 12th graders on a variety of topics, including: agriculture; animal care; art, drama, and music; business; college preparation; computers; engineering; leadership skills; math and science; social studies; sports and fitness; and writing and language.

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