LSU to Hold Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony for Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool on Oct. 20

Gov. Edwards to speak at event celebrating premier facility for early childhood education and development in Louisiana

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Early Childhood Education, or ECE, Laboratory Preschool, a Reggio Emilia-inspired research facility, is celebrating its “launch” with a ribbon cutting ceremony 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 20. The preschool is located at 4001 Gourrier Lane. Gov. John Bel Edwards will speak to the attendees and help LSU cut the ribbon on the newly renovated facility.

“The transformation of the LSU Child Care Center is greater than the physical improvements to the facility. This ceremony celebrates the Laboratory Preschool’s realization of its original purpose, which is to conduct research in a model demonstration school involving young children, early childhood educators, university students and faculty researchers. These changes will better align with the mission of the university,” said Neil Mathews, director of the LSU School of Education.

The facility boasts 35 staff members and 175 children (aged 6 weeks to 4 years old). The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum.

Aligned with LSU’s College of Human Sciences & Education, the ECE Lab Preschool serves as a laboratory for the generation of cutting-edge research in the areas of child development and education. It also serves as a training site for undergraduate and graduate students as a model demonstration site within the community, the state of Louisiana and beyond.

“Materials in the classroom are selected to cultivate the natural curiosity of children to promote exploration and creativity. A major focus for the children in our care is the development of relationships,” said Cyndi DiCarlo, executive director of the ECE Lab Preschool and Professor of Early Childhood Education.

Students enrolled in LSU’s Early Childhood Education programs can work directly with the children, putting the skills they learn in the classroom into practice. LSU offers a bachelor’s degree (PK-3 certification), an early childhood certificate, a Master of Education, educational specialist degree and a doctoral degree in education.

Through its support of research and teaching, the ECE Lab Preschool generates and disseminates knowledge about best practices in early childhood education to support children’s development and learning. The preschool provides services for LSU students, staff and faculty, furthers the Flagship research agenda in instruction, research and service, provides high-quality early childhood services, and functions as a self-supporting entity. The ECE Lab Preschool serves as a model for instructional, research, and service activities, representing LSU, Louisiana’s flagship university.

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Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool Leadership:
Cyndi DiCarlo, Ph.D.                                                 
Executive Director, ECE Lab Preschool                    
Professor, Early Childhood Education                      
LSU School of Education                               

Angela Barnes, MS
Director, ECE Lab Preschool
Instructor, Early Childhood Education
LSU School of Education

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