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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.

Waitlist Procedure

Please note that the Ben and Maxine Miller Child Development Laboratory School (MCDLS) is unaffiliated with other Purdue childcare centers. The following information is specific to the procedures solely of the MCDLS waitlist.

• Creating an application for the waitlist first occurs by creating an account at https://www.purdue.edu/hr/childcare/Account/Login. Information can also be searched through the main website at Purdue www.purdue.edu with the keyword “child care”.

• There is a non-refundable waitlist fee of $20.00 per child. The child’s “application date” is determined by the date payment is received. The fee can be paid online using a major credit card or by check. Checks should be made payable to Purdue University. A child will not be placed on the waitlist until this fee has been paid.

• Children may be placed on the waitlist at any time; this includes parents expecting a birth or adoption. The child(ren) will be kept on the waitlist as long as they are age-eligible.

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

• Any family that declines an offer of enrollment but also wishes to remain on the waitlist will be placed at the end of the waitlist. The application date will be changed to the date the spot was declined. Any family that is offered a spot and does not respond within three days will be placed at the end of the waitlist, with the application date changed to the date the offer of enrollment expired. After three offers of enrollment have been declined or have no response the child will be removed from the waitlist. If the family wishes to return to the waitlist, they must begin the process again (i.e. submit a new application and pay the fee again).

• Purdue’s Human Resources office maintains the waitlist. HR periodically communicates updates via email. Families wishing to remain active on the waitlist must log on to their account every six months. If a family does not log onto their account every six months the account will become inactive and the child’s name will be removed from the waitlist. It is the family’s responsibility to make sure their waitlist account always lists their current mailing address, phone number, and email address.

• Families whose children are removed from the waitlist can log back into their account to re-activate their child. The original application date will remain unchanged, unless an offer of enrollment was made and declined.

• If a child is enrolled at another program on campus and the family wishes to remain on the waitlist for MCDLS, the family must contact the MCDLS Secretary or Director to remain on the waitlist (mcdls@purdue.edu).

• Children enrolled in the program are automatically removed from the waitlist. Once a child is enrolled in the program, if a family wishes to request a particular room, a formal request in writing must be made to the MCDLS Secretary or Director. The formal request must include the order of preference, if requesting more than one room.

Priority of enrollment at MCDLS

• Children on the waitlist are offered enrollment on the basis of:

• application date

• child's age

• gender

• affiliation with MCDLS, in the following order:

• Faculty and/or Staff of the Human Development and Family Studies Department

• Currently enrolled children requesting specific rooms

• Siblings of currently enrolled children

• Siblings of graduates of MCDLS. Priority is set according to the most recent graduates (Example: the sibling of a child who graduated in 2018 would come before the sibling of a child who graduated in 2015)

• Purdue Faculty, Staff and Students

• General Public


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