Our Programs

The Jeanne M. Canelli Child Development Lab offers quality early childhood education to preschool-age children for Framingham State University and surrounding communities. The Child Development Lab also serves as a teaching laboratory for our University students interested in teaching young children and conducting research in child development, psychology, and sociology. The development of the whole child is fostered here in the lab, and emphasis is placed on meeting the needs of each child in a literacy-rich environment. We take advantage of our location on a university campus to enrich our curriculum with participation in programs and special events held on campus.

The Jeanne M. Canelli Child Development Lab offers two half-day programs during the school year (September through June). During the academic year, we follow Framingham State University’s schedule for vacations and holiday closures.

We offer a pre-kindergarten morning class designed for children ages four and five years old. The AM class meets from 8:45 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. Monday through Friday, with an optional Thursday extended day until 2:00 p.m. for children eligible for kindergarten the next year. Parents may select five or four days per for their child in the AM class.

For younger children, ages two years nine months through four years old, we offer an afternoon class from 12:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Parents may choose to enroll their child in the PM class two, three, or four days per week.