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Click for COVID Safety, Reporting Information, including 6-foot social distancing requirement in all college buildings, mask and vaccination practices, and the process for student Return to Campus approvals. To support students with Spring Term applications and registration, on-campus services are available on a walk-in basis or by appointment, with virtual options also still in place. See the Student Services Guide for details.

Building Strong Families

EFSC Lab School is a "hands-on" educational program for families. In our unique "parent cooperative" program, families play and learn together, building strong family foundations and lifelong friendships while adults discover the skills to be the best parents they can be for their children, their community and themselves.

Young children attend with an adult at our community-based locations, developing at their own pace in a stimulating, structured atmosphere.

parent and childParents and children explore, learn and grow together. Older children participate in many types of learning, developing creative problem-solvers with self-control, social skills and positive self-esteem. All members of the family can participate; once a semester, Saturday classes are held for parents who can't attend during the week.

Daytime classes present new discoveries for parents and for children. Class begins with greeting/circle time, helping everyone connect. Infant families explore their child’s conquests and challenges, while older children share and learn together. A safe, fun and developmentally appropriate obstacle course develops muscles, builds and strengthens brain pathways and improves sensory processes. Music time uses lively songs, American Sign Language and finger rhymes. Children dance and sing, developing rhythm, melody, muscle control and speech. Structured play time's engaging activities encourage fine motor skills and strong brains. Older children choose from daily art, block, science and literacy centers, make believe play and more. Reading time provides a foundation for literacy for even the youngest child. Playground time and snack time provide a place to practice social skills. Throughout the day, children learn life skills, such as trust, cooperation, patience and self-control, while parents help their children with the skills they learn. 

Our adult evening classes teach skills that promote confident, cooperative children. Parents get to interact with other adults. Bonding, development and handling challenging behavior are some of the topics covered. Our meetings answer important parenting questions while giving families the chance to discuss relevant topics and provide support for each other. Parents participate as a team with their trained, professional teacher: growing together, enjoying an active role in their child's school experience and sharing with other parents who have children near the same age.

Come learn with us and rediscover your inner love for learning! Explore our programs and registration process and get in touch if you have questions.

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Interested in a Scholarship?

To apply for the Barbara Young Lab School for Parenting Education Scholarship, click the link below to email us that you are interested. We will respond to you with application information.

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