Glendale Community College Laboratory School is a dynamic model for teaching and learning. As an innovative, field-based teaching site, Glendale Community College Laboratory School blends curriculum development and professional outreach to support the changing needs of the communities, administrators, teachers, and learners it serves. The Glendale Community College Laboratory School demonstrates a commitment to excellence, respect for diversity, and dedication to creating a community of life-long learners.
The laboratory/demonstration school is one of several programs administered by the Child Development Department and housed in the Child Development Center. The Child Development Center is licensed through the California Community Care Licensing Division, Title 22 and accredited by NAEYC's National Academy of Early Childhood Programs. Accredited programs have voluntarily undergone a comprehensive process of internal self-study, invited external professional review to verify compliance with the Criteria for High-Quality Early Childhood Programs, and been found to be in substantial compliance with the Criteria.
The purpose of the Lab School is to provide an on-site research-based teaching facility for GCC students pursuing a career, state permit, associates degree or transfer courses in Birth through Preschool education, as well as Elementary Education, Nursing, Child Life Specialist, Occupational/Physical Therapy, Psychology, Art, Music, and other courses of study. Students from related fields also use the Laboratory School as a resource for fieldwork and research papers. The director and teachers in the program have been selected because they have an especially strong background of education and experience in Early Childhood Education. They exhibit a standard of positive adult-child interactions for students to model and from which parents may draw support.
Respectful and sustained contact enable the participants to engage in dialogue about
Program practices and possible changes that could enhance the experience of young children and college students. The laboratory school's waiting list continues to testify to its highly regarded programs.