Child on the playground

The ACC Children’s Lab School serves children six months through five years of age in four classrooms. Low staff-child ratios (1:4 infants; 1:5 toddlers; 1:6 or 7 mixed age preschool) are designed to allow teachers to develop relationships with children and their families as well as to assess and plan for children’s development.

The Lab School is open to ACC students, staff and faculty as well as the greater community. Siblings of current children are given priority depending upon available slots. The school’s enrollment reflects the rich diversity of cultures found in the Austin community.

Children are placed in classes according to their age on September 1 of each academic year. Children who enter in the infant room stay with their caregivers for two years as the children and caregivers move-up together to the toddler room after a year in the infant class. In the older classes, the children typically remain in the same class with the same group of children throughout the entire year. Because of the mixed age groupings in the older classrooms, children may stay in one of those classrooms for more than one year. Moves to a new class generally happen at the beginning of the fall semester.

The school operates Monday through Friday from 7:30 am to 5:30 pm. The program offers only a full day, year round option.

Food in a lunch boxTwo nutritious snacks are served daily and the children bring their own lunches. The school provides a morning and afternoon snack served family style. Snacks are nutritious, low in sugar, fat and salt and reflect the diversity in our program. Parents provide a lunch that meets the daily food needs as outlined in the ACC Children’s Lab School Food Guidelines and Lunchbox Suggestions. The school provides milk for lunch.

An Evening Care Program operates Monday-Thursday, 5:30-9:30 for children of ACC students attending evening classes. Children may attend during the hours their parent is in class.