Child Development Laboratory Center

The Child Development  Laboratory Center (CDLC) is licensed through the state of Missouri and holds two accreditations.

  • National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
  • Missouri Accreditation (MOA)
  • National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers Program of the Year 2018 (NC4)

At the CDLC, we have created a community in which your child develops cognitive, social/emotional, language and literacy, and physical skills. Our daily goal is to provide your child with every opportunity to interact with the world and others as they build a foundation of curiosity, knowledge, independence and self-confidence while engaged in intentional experiences.

Working closely with students majoring in Child and Family Development and other related curricula areas, the CDLC provides developmentally appropriate child care experiences to children ages six weeks through six years in a variety of programs.

Services for Students

The CDLC provides services for students while they are attending classes. Preregistration is required.

To take advantage of the CDLC services, the student must:

  • Come to the CDLC, located on the northwest section of campus, near Pershall Road.
  • Show a legal birth certificate for the child (no copies).
  • Provide a current class schedule (no web copies) for the parent or guardian.
  • Pay a $15 registration fee by check or money order.
  • Costs are $5 for each hour the child is in the center.
  • Need assistance with child care cost? Click here to see options for child care assistance.

The CDLC is authorized to receive state assistance for child care, but a copayment may be required. Our license number is 000225081.

Services for the Community

The CDLC provides child care for the communities surrounding the Florissant Valley campus. These programs include weekly or two- or three-day programs for:

  • Infant/Toddlers
  • Twees (2-3 1/2)
  • Mixed Age program (3 1/2, 4 and 5-year-olds)

Program Fees

Infant/Toddler Rate:  Twees Rate:    Preeschool Rate:

2 days  $112   

3 days  $168

Week  $258

2 days  $100

3 days  $150

Week  $218

2 days  $90

3 days  $135

Week  $198  

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Hours of Operation 

Campus Care (Student Care) - Monday through Thursday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Community Care - Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m.

Faculty and Staff

The CDLC has a full-time director, assistant director, program specialist and office secretaries who facilitates the daily operations. In addition there is a food service specialist to plan menus and support staff to assist with the various needs of the center.

Classroom teachers have diverse and appropriate educational backgrounds and experiences. Teacher's degrees range from associate to masters degrees. Minimum qualifications for all of our teachers are an associate degree plus three years of experience. We also have part-time child care attendants with associate degrees or child development associate credentials.

In our function as a laboratory center, we have early care and education majors in the classroom learning how to work with young children. They are under the teacher's guidance and supervision while providing appropriate activities for children to experience.

We also participate in STLCC's work-study program. This federally-funded program places college students with various majors in work sites on campus. These students assist our teachers in many ways while gaining valuable work experience.

All adults who work in the CDLC are asked to submit annual results of a tuberculin test, proof of the Hepatitis A vaccine and a physical examination prior to beginning their work at the center. All staff also are required to have on file a child abuse and neglect/criminal record check completed by the Missouri State Highway Department.

Our teaching staff together, with college students, allows the center to maintain an excellent adult-child ratio and provide appropriate learning experiences for students and children alike.

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