To apply to Ruth Staples Child Development Lab, please fill out our online application form. There is a $15 application fee.

CDL Online Application

If you have any questions, please contact our Office Manager, Lainey Bomberger.

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The Ruth Staples Child Development Laboratory provides developmental programs for young children which involve students in Child, Youth and Family Studies (CYAF) as well as other departments of the University of Nebraska. Serving both teacher training and research functions at undergraduate and graduate levels, the laboratory offers many students opportunities for observation and study of children.

Older & Younger Program
7:30 Children Arrive; Free Exploration; Focus Activity; Field Guide Representation Experience
8:15-9:15 Breakfast
9:15-10:00 Outside; Field Site Visits
10:00-11:15 Family Block; Field Site Visits; Project Work
11:15-11:30 Literacy Connection & Music and Movement