Chadron State College
Chadron State College

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Nature Explore EnvironmentThe CSC Child Development Center Laboratory has been in existence since 1972 on the Chadron State College campus. The Laboratory serves as an educational program for the purpose of ‘educating educators,’ who care for and about young children.

The Laboratory provides a high quality, developmentally-appropriate, actively- learning experiences for families with children between the ages of 2 and 9, of all ability levels.

All children are eligible to attend the Laboratory regardless of income status, race, religion, origin, cultural background, gender, residence, ability or family status.Child Development Center

The Laboratory is state-licensed by the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services, and Nationally-Accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Programs.

Contact Information

Lona Downs, Director - 308-432-6379

It is our pleasure to meet your families child care and education needs in our developmentally appropriate, active learning, natural and inclusive early childhood laboratory.

Our staff will do their best to meet your child’s individual needs, build a relationship with your family, and promote a safe, positive, nurturing and loving environment.

The CSC Child Development Center laboratory offers a play-based emergent curriculum that focuses on a project approach using a plan-do-review process through the daily routine.

The needs and interests of every child are met through purposeful play in a positive, well-designed early learning environment that integrates physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language opportunities throughout the day both inside and outside.


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