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The Ben & Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School is a part of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Health and Human Sciences at Purdue University. The preschool serves the department by supporting child development research, providing models of high quality early childhood education, and offering students the opportunity to observe and teach young children. Classes are offered for children between the ages of six weeks and five years. The classrooms are staffed by degreed Head Teachers trained in early childhood education and child development. They have extensive experience leading educational programs for young children.

Children learn best in a supportive, nurturing, safe atmosphere in which individual and cultural differences are valued. Infants, toddlers, and preschool children learn through exploring their environments, guided by caring adults. Our curriculum is designed to be at the appropriate developmental level for each child. Teachers are sensitive to children's differing needs, interests, and developmental levels. Classroom activities and learning centers are planned to support the learning process and to address each child's physical, social, emotional, cognitive, language, and creative development. Activities are designed for a range of abilities, skills and interests, including children with exceptional educational needs. Teachers carefully plan curricula that reflect children's interests and provide ways for children to develop a new understanding about the world around them. Early childhood education supports the child's development within the context of the family. Parent-school collaboration insures that our programs meet the needs of individual children and their families. The school supports the rich cultural and ethnic diversity of Purdue University and its surrounding community.

Parent Programs

We believe that parents are the primary educators of their children. Parents have opportunities to participate in their child's classroom throughout the year. Regular parent conferences and parent meetings are scheduled. Parents are invited to visit the classroom, observe from the observation booth, or contact their child's teacher at any time. A preschool advisory council serves the school.

Waiting List Policy

• Children are enrolled based on the date the enrollment application is submitted and the child's age and gender. The composition of classroom groups may be adjusted to meet individual and departmental needs since the school is a laboratory for the HDFS department.

If a family prefers to defer enrolling their child until they reach a certain age, this should be noted on the enrollment application form under the comment section. Such children will be carried on the wait list until the target age is reached. Thereafter, they will be eligible for enrollment according to the enrollment priorities.

• The wait list is updated periodically through a letter or email and application update form sent by the enrollment secretary. Families wishing to remain on the wait list must return the completed form by the indicated date. If no response is received, the family will be removed from the list. It is the parents' responsibility to make sure we always have their current mailing address, phone number, and email address in our files.

• Families whose children are removed from the wait list may re-apply, but they will be placed at the end of the list.

• Any family that turns down an offered spot will be placed at the end of the list, with the enrollment date revised as the date you turned down the spot.

• Children enrolled in the program are automatically removed from the waiting list. Once a child is enrolled in the program and a parent wishes to request a particular room, a formal request in writing must be made to the enrollment secretary. The formal request must include the order of preference, if requesting more than one room.

In order to cover the cost of enrolling children and maintaining our wait list, the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School requires a one-time non-refundable $20.00 per child application fee. Your child will not be placed on the waiting list until this fee has been paid. The fee can be paid online using a major credit card or by check. Checks should be made payable to Purdue University.

The waiting list fee can be mailed to:

Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School
Fowler Memorial House, Room 190
1200 West State Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055

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Classroom Name Enrollment
Mixed Age Infants/Toddlers (6 weeks - 2 years old)
8 children
Toddler I (18 - 36 months)
10 children
Toddler II (2 years old)
14 children
Mixed Age Toddlers (2 and 3 years old)
10 children
Mixed Age Preschool (2½ - 4½ years old)
14 children
Mixed Age Preschool (3 - 5 years old)
20 children
20 children



 Monday through Friday

 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.



 For information regarding
 ages, classes offered,
 availability, waiting list,
 tuition, or other related
 topics, please contact the
 secretary at:

 (765) 494-0240