Celebrating One Year - Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool

Unveiling the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool

A look back at the successes of the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool

Last October, our College – alongside our LSU and Baton Rouge communities – unveiled the Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP). With the addition of the preschool, the College truly fulfills its mission of improving the quality of life across the lifespan.

In the last year, the preschool has demonstrated its ability to serve as a model site for child development, as well as a facility to foster innovative research by both undergraduate and graduate students at LSU.

“In just a year, we have made strides in establishing ourselves as a research and model demonstration program. We have established multiple partnerships with other academic units on campus for both research and field experiences for students from a variety of disciplines,” said Dr. Cynthia DiCarlo, executive director of the ECELP and professor of early childhood education in the School of Education (SOE). “We are beginning to take the lead in professional development in the community and have established partnerships with other early childhood organizations who use the ECELP as an observation site within their early childhood programs.” 

The vision for Louisiana State University’s Early Childhood Education Lab Preschool is to be recognized as a leader in the field of Early Childhood Education for international, national, and local contributions to knowledge, policy, and practice through the dissemination of cutting-edge research.

Angela Barnes, director of the ECELP, said the preschool’s first year offered her many insights and experiences.

"Watching the children grow and develop over the last year has been one of my most rewarding experiences," she said. "You can see the children's love of learning grow as they experience a curriculum that is built upon their interests. It’s a pleasure to be able to provide these young learners an educational experience that provides a foundation for their later learning, and provide their families with the peace of mind that their young one is in good hands."

The ECE Lab Preschool accomplishes this through the delivery of high-quality early childhood programming to young children, engagement of preservice students within early childhood classrooms, and cutting-edge research. 

In its first year, the ECELP served as a site for 10 research projects that span several LSU programs, including the Early Childhood Education program in the School of Education (SOE), the School of Kinesiology (SOK), the School of Music, and the Department of Psychology.



Looking Back


Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool Students present original artwork

Children's invitation to the Museum of Art exhibit.  Child's art with the words draw in black marker "Come Visit MOCA!  Museum of Children's Art.  Thursday March 9 3:00 to 4:00."





Reggio Emilia-inspired research facility

Located on LSU's main campus

35 staff members

175 children (aged 6 weeks to 4 years old)

7 active research projects

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Grant-funded gardens installed at the ECELP

Young boys and girls planting seedlings in the raised garden.


 Female teacher helping a young girl color a picture.

Parent Perspectives on Preschool

Parents want the best for their children. We want the best for our students.


 Three young children dressing in aprons using their hands to pait a tree branch white.

 Effects of Music on the Time to Rest

Do lullabies really work?

 A female teacher assisting four young boys with a game.

Child-Sustained Attention

Determining the average duration of child attention.


Learn about more research projects AT the the ECELP



In addition its Reggio Emilia-inspired curriculum and active research, the ECELP further demonstrates excellence with its many programs and community collaborations.





About SOE
The LSU School of Education (SOE) offers graduate and undergraduate programs in Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership and Research, and Counseling, including two completely online master’s programs. SOE offers a range of professional and academic degree programs that focus on preparing students for careers in education, research, policy formation and implementation, as well as program oversight. The School’s mission is to prepare P-12 educational professionals to be leaders, practitioners, and scholars knowledgeable in contemporary educational issues. SOE is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About CHSE

The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree programs, enrolling more than 2,020 undergraduate and 879 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

Visit the College of Human Sciences & Education at lsu.edu/chse