Formerly known as the “Child Development Center,” the Early Childhood Education Lab School consists of two sites. The San Marcos Early Childhood Education Lab School is licensed for 100 children, ages 18 months through Kindergarten. The Escondido Early Childhood Education Lab School is licensed for 44 children, ages 3-5 years. Services are available to children of Palomar College Students, Faculty, and Staff, and to children of Community Parents. All interested families, please fill out the appropriate Wait List Application form.
Subsidized services are provided to the children of Palomar College Students, and to the children of any family within the community, who qualify / meet the set forth by the State of California, based on family size and income.
We are excited to announce that we are now offering a Transitional Kindergarten / Kindergarten Program on the San Marcos Campus. The focal point in curriculum and learning will continue to be play based, with a growing emphasis on Kindergarten Standards and objectives.
Our Teaching Staff are trained Child Development Specialists and hold Child Development Permits from the California Department of Education Credentials Office. Each classroom has either a Site Supervisor or a Master Teacher. The Centers serve as Lab schools for the Child Development Department students and students of other studies on campus.
Each teacher develops a balanced, developmentally appropriate and flexible program to meet the needs of children in his/her classroom. Our program follows the research findings of Jean Piaget and other noted Child Development experts. They state that children of this age need to be active in their learning environment, experiencing the world with all of their senses through “hands on” concrete experiences in order to assimilate the information.
The curriculum is planned to be appropriate for the age span of the children within the group and is implemented with the attention to the different needs, interests, and developmental levels of each child. Opportunities to explore, investigate, manipulate, observe and discover in the following areas of curriculum; physical development (includes games and activities that foster physical development) dramatic play, language and literacy (story telling and dramatizing) science, math, art, music/movement, nutrition, circle time (includes interaction and sharing) social and water-play.
We respect each child’s individuality and uniqueness. We believe that growth takes place in orderly sequences, one stage following another. We believe that development of the whole child depends on appropriate physical, mental and social nourishment supplied by the home, school, and community; and that play, both formal and organized, is significant to intellectual growth. We believe it is important for a child to have a pleasant childhood and a good beginning toward a successful life.