The Chabot College Early Childhood lab school serves Southern Alameda County providing
quality care for the children of students, faculty and community and provides training
to students of Early Childhood Development (ECD). We provide a safe environment
that meets the developmental needs of children which nurtures their
curiosity and love of learning. The EC Lab School acknowledges that
families are the child's first teacher and strives to build
relationships with families that lead to a strong partnership which
reflects sensitivity to issues of diversity: such as ethnicity,
culturally and developmentally.
- Offer activities that provide positive self-concept
- Provide a learning experience through an enriched play environment
- Encourage the child's natural curiosity
- Help develop each child's communication skills
- Encourage activities in small and large muscle development
- Represent cultural diversity
- Develop thinking and problem solving skills
Chabot College EC Lab School follows a philosophy of Emergent Curriculum
implemented at all age levels. Emergent curriculum is child
centered and developmentally based, focusing on individual growth
and development. We define our curriculum as "everything that
happens in the classroom:, including the environment, daily
routines, all of the relationships between adults and children, as
well as specific projects and activities.
We have state and federally funded programs for families who qualify
for CalWORKs, State Pre School and Head Start, full
and part time. To receive subsidized childcare and developmental services,
families must meet eligibility and need requirements.
The staff is highly qualified both in terms of
academic training and experience. All staff meet or exceed licensing
requirements and requirement for the Child Development Permit Matrix
adopted by the state of California. The staff is encouraged to
continue their professional development by attending classes, workshops and conferences
in Early Childhood Education.
ECD Lab Students
The Chabot EC Lab students complete their lab hours in the
classrooms and have assigned tasks; they interact with children and
help the teachers with all aspects of the program. The students are
considered part of the staff and work as a team in the individual
Parents are encouraged to participate in the daily activities of
their child's classroom. Parent involvement will support their
child's development and parent/teacher communication. Parents are
required to meet with their teacher at least once per semester.
Every semester there is an orientation for new and returning parents
that include topics such as philosophy, program goals, objectives, eligibility
criteria, fee requirements, and program activities.
We encourage suggestions from our parents and work with them in a
The Center has an Advisory Board made up of parents, staff, ECD
faculty, and community partners. The board reviews issues and
makes recommendations for the program.
EC Lab School Manager:
Vanessa Cormier 510-723-7483