Chadron State College
Chadron State College


Student helping children with arts and crafts

The CSC Child Development Center Laboratory supports the philosophy of “constructivism” allowing children to actively construct their own learning supported through a natural, inclusive environment.

The Laboratory staff believe that “all children can learn” if given the opportunity to become actively involved in their world supported by loving, caring adults who understand child growth and development.

The Laboratory staff believe in ‘PLAY-based’ learning where children's work is their play and their play is their work.

The Laboratory staff believe learning should be fun and enjoyable throughout life but especially in the early years.

The Laboratory staff believe in providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities for children that support individual learning.

The program philosophy is to assist adults and children as they

  • develop a positive, healthy self-concept
  • grow and develop socially, emotionally, physically, and intellectually
  • develop in a warm, safe, secure, friendly, and loving environment
  • develop a wholistic, well-rounded personality by providing opportunities to actively engage in learning experiences both inside and outside
  • develop self-discipline and independence
  • feel dignity and respect
  • verbally express their feelings and emotions
  • develop character and understanding of the world around
  • receive nutritious snacks and lunches
  • receive a high quality planned program that creates interest, sparks creativity, and is supported with a routine
  • prepare for transitions from one educational experience to another

“From the very beginning of his or her education, the child should experience the joy of discovery.” -- Alfred North Whitehead

“Children have real understanding only of that which they invent themselves, and each time that we try to teach them something too quickly, we keep them from re-inventing it themselves.” -- Jean Piaget

“...the more interests a child has at least a chance to acquire, the more chance he will have to hit upon some interests that are suited to his particular gifts.” -- Alfred T. Jersild