Child Development Lab School

Mission Statement

The AC Child Development Lab School serves a diverse community with a model of excellence for the early care and education of children. Intentional practices enrich the whole child with appropriate activities, choices and support of individual needs. Guided by the interests of each child, each family becomes a partner with the Center to provide the best foundation in these important early years. As teachers, students, children and families we learn and grow together!

Child Development Lab School

The Amarillo College Child Development Lab School is a premier early child care center established in 1973.  The Child Development Lab School is currently accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and has been since 1991.  The Lab School is designed to meet the educational and developmental needs of young children three months old to five years of age.  We are also a 5 star Provider through Texas Rising Star.  Our main focus is to serve as an educational tool for the students of the Amarillo College Child Development/Education department, as well as other educational institutions in the Amarillo area.  Therefore, there are many observation students who visit our center; however, all observation students are required to clear a criminal background check and are not involved in the instruction of children.



The goals of the curriculum are designed to provide maximum opportunity & resources to help children experience and master development in all the following domains: physical, intellectual, emotional, and social development.  Teachers prepare intentional lesson plans based on the individual developmental needs of each child.  Our curriculum is both teacher and child directed; therefore, based on the child's interests and needs, teachers plan activities to meet those needs of the individual and group.
The Lab School participates in Texas School Ready in the three and four year old classroom. This program is designed to prepare kids for kindergarten with their primary focus on promoting literacy in children.  TSR has had tremendous success at preparing children for kindergarten and making great teachers into excellent teachers!
The Lab School also participates in Parents As Teachers, a program for infants and toddlers.  The goals of Parents as Teachers is to increase parent knowledge of early childhood development and improve parenting practices, provide early detection of developmental delays and health issues, prevent child abuse and neglect, and increase children's school readiness and school success.


Parent Involvement

We encourage all parents and or guardians to be involved in the activities. We believe parental participation is key to any successful child care program. We welcome parent visits. We have an open door policy to allow parents access to the center during operational hours. Below is a list sample list of some of the opportunities for involvement in our center. Parents are in no way limited to the involvement listed. Any parent wishing to be involved in another area is strongly encouraged to contact the Director with their suggestion.  Parents are a child's first and most influential teacher.

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Enrollment in the Child Development Lab School is open to families of any race, national or ethnic origin, religious or political affiliation, provided the Center can meet the needs of the child.  Parents who are considering first-time enrollment of their child are encouraged to visit the center. The scheduling of these visits should be arranged through the Lab School office at (806) 356-3636. A child's waiting list application can be completed at any time before or after the Center visit. It is a simple process to be put on the waiting list and requires the Lab School to obtain general information such as a child's date of birth and contact information of the parent. It is important, once on the waiting list, to update the center about any telephone, email, and/or address changes. To add yourself to our waiting list, Click here to fill out the waitlist form for both the Hagy and Lab School!

Contact Us

Child Development Lab School
Amarillo College West Campus
6222 West 9th Ave.
Amarillo, TX 79106
(806) 356-3636
(806) 356-3637

Fax: (806) 356-3625