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Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School

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The Children’s School: Quinsigamond Community College’s Early Childhood Education Lab School will reopen in Fall 2021 on Wednesday, September 8, 2021.  We are currently enrolling children for the 2021- 2022 academic year. Please contact Kristen Fuller, M.Ed., Program Director at kfuller [at] qcc.mass.edu more information about enrolling at the program.


Welcome to the Children’s School: Quinsigamond Community College's Early Childhood Education Lab School

The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School provides full day programs open to students enrolled in the College with children ages two year and nine months to five years, as well as members of the college and community. Additionally, the School serves as a training site for students in the Early Childhood Education program.

All groups are mixed ages of 2 years and 9 months to 5 years of age.

The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School focuses on providing the following to each of its children:

  • A rich learning environment for young children.
  • Quality child care for children of students, faculty, staff, and the community.
  • A program of supervised student participation and field placement experience for Early Childhood Associate Degree students.
  • Informational meetings for parents/guardians.
  • A demonstration preschool setting for observational purposes for our students, prospective students, parents/guardians, and other community members.

The Children’s School: Quinsigamond Community College’s Early Childhood Education Lab School shall not discriminate in providing services to children and their families on the basis of race, religion, cultural heritage, political beliefs, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation or disability.

Hours of Operation

Monday through Friday 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Monday/Wednesday/Friday 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
Tuesday/Thursday 7:15 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.

QRIS-Level 4 Granted for the Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School - First center in the state granted a Level 4!

The Massachusetts Quality Rating & Improvement System (QRIS) is a method to assess, improve, and communicate the level of quality in early care & education and after-school settings (Stair Steps to Quality, Anne W. Mitchell (2005); United Way Success by Six, p. 4). The MA QRIS offers guidance to professionals in early education and care and out of school time settings on a path towards quality, recognizing that higher expectations of programs must be matched with increased supports that include a better-articulated career ladder, financial incentives, and professional development and technical assistance, which are grounded in the science of child development.

QRIS is similar to other consumer rating systems, in that they "rate" goods or services to provide customers with a better understanding about the quality of that item. The Children’s School: Early Childhood Education Lab School has been granted a Level 4, the highest level at this time and was the first in the state.  QRIS reviews the following 5 categories for the study: 1. Curriculum and Learning, 2. Safe, Healthy Indoor and Outdoor Environments, 3. Workforce Qualification and Professional Development, 4. Family and Community engagement and 5. Leadership, Management and Administration.