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Learning Lab

What is the Learning Lab?  The Learning Lab is an on-site child care and preschool facility that is an integral part of the high school early childhood curriculum.  There is a three year old preschool program and an A.M. and P.M 4K program with the option of extended preschool before and after the 4K program. The children attending the Learning Lab are between 3 and 5 years of age.

High school students enrolled in Infant and Toddler, Introduction to Early Childhood Professions, and the Early Childhood Practicum class have the opportunity to gain field experience in early childhood education.  The early childhood practicum is supported by and coordinated with the high school early childhood curriculum standards. These students take on multiple roles in working with the children of the Learning Lab.


Mission: To provide an exemplary early childhood education lab school setting for preschool ages. Our purpose is for high school students in Family and Consumer Science classes to gain field experience in practical application, implementation, and evaluation of early childhood education techniques and strategies.


Enrolling a Preschool/ Extended Care Student: The Unified School District staff will have priority in enrolling their child/children in the Early Childhood Learning Lab. They may choose to enroll in preschool program and/or extended care. The remaining openings will be granted to those individuals from the public at large to enroll their child/children in one of the preschool programs that are being offered. Those families who are currently enrolled in the program will have preference. Registration will be accepted on a first come first serve basis from the community. All children must be potty trained to attend the Learning Lab unless there is a medical reason he/she is unable to achieve that skill. Pull-ups should not be worn to school.


2021-2022 Registration IS NOW CLOSED, as we are now full. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please contact the director and be sure to view the information regarding the new pricing, general information, and the handbook for the new school year.


Please email the Learning Lab Director, Rebekah Yahnke, for details or to be added to the waitlist at