The mission of the Ruth Staples Child Development Lab is education, outreach, and research. The mission distinguishes the Child Development Lab from other early childhood programs, which exist solely to provide the service of child care and education.
The educational mission of the Child Development Lab is fulfilled by creating a "community of learning," in which children, parents, students, and faculty all learn from each other. The outreach mission is fulfilled by providing the best possible developmentally appropriate child care and education, and by providing various consulting and support services in Lincoln, in the State of Nebraska, and even for national clientele and organizations.
Parental support of the mission of the Child Development Lab is essential. As parents, you contribute to the community of learning, to child care and education, and to informal research on an ongoing basis.