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Early Childhood Education Lab School

Instructor with children learning how to use tools

Previously Children's School

QCC anticipates reopening the Early Childhood Education Lab School in Fall 2021. The phased reopening will be in accordance with licensure, health, and safety protocols, consistent with the reopening plans of the College. More information will be shared as it becomes available.


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

The 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 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, perspective students, parents/guardians, and other community members.

Quinsigamond Community College 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.

Classroom 1 and 2 Daily Schedule

Each of the 2 groups of 18-20 children are staffed by two lead teachers, a teacher, part-time time teachers, and between 2-4 student teacher under the supervision of faculty and/or lead teachers. 

Monday through Friday 7:15 to 5:15 pm

Monday/Wednesday/Friday 7:15 to 5:15 pm

Tuesday/Thursday 7:15 to 5:15

*Summer Only: half day on Fridays only, program closes at noon

QRIS-Level 4 Granted for Quinsigamond 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 Quinsigamond 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.