Welcome to Red Door - Preschoolers

The Child Development Lab (CDL) Preschool Full-Day Program:

  • Enrolls 20 children, ages three to five years
  • Open 7:30am to 5:30pm
  • Open 12 months a year
  • Closed approximately 20 days for holidays and spring break
  • Closed 5 days for professional development in August
  • Classroom Phone: 573) 882-4754; Please call (573) 882-4318 for enrollment information

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Enrollment is open to children in the community age 2½ (if potty trained) to 5 years with the goal to have a well-rounded, diverse group of children representative of the population of Columbia. The CDL reserves the right to enroll children based on sex, age, race, ethnicity, special needs and low-income for the purposes of high-quality teacher training. The program is designed as a full-day, 10 hour child care program and serves the purposes of full-time employed parents best.

Emerging Language and Literacy Curriculum: This curriculum provides developmentally appropriate language and literacy practices for preschool children, stressing the importance of communication. Learning is facilitated through direct teaching, small-group, and learning center time.

Time: Activity:
7:30 am Arrival begins
7:40 to 8:40 am Playground
8:40 to 8:50 am Music and Movement and Opening Circle
8:50 to 9:10 am Shared Storybook Reading
9:10 to 9:30 am Breakfast
9:20 to 10:40 am Learning Centers and P.A. Groups
10:40 to 11:00 am Cognitive Circle
11:00 to 12:00 pm Playground
12:00 to 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 to 1:00 pm Bathroom and books
1:00 to 3:00 pm Rest Time/Nap
3:00 to 3:30 pm Snack
3:10 to 4:30 pm Learning Centers
4:30 to 5:30 pm Playground

This schedule is flexible. If the weather is not safe we shorten outside time.

Erin Angst Baker
CDL Lead Teacher, Red Door

Erin has a BS in Human Development and Family Science from the University of Missouri and a MA in Family Mediation from the University of Missouri. She started teaching in early childhood education in 1998 and has been with the CDL since 2005.


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MU Child Development Lab
University of Missouri
31 Stanley Hall
Columbia, MO 65211

(573) 882-4318
(573) 884-3334
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