The Macfeat Laboratory School, for children ages three to five, is operated by the Richard W. Riley College of Education as a training/demonstration/research facility. Macfeat is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), an organization that recognizes outstanding early childhood programs which meet national standards of quality. Macfeat is also licensed by the South Carolina Department of Social Services (DSS). Macfeat is staffed by highly qualified professional educators.
All lead teachers and the director possess master's degrees in education or child development. Assistant teachers are graduate students in the Richard W. Riley College of Education or related areas. All have bachelor’s degrees and college courses or experience in teaching or working with young children.
In addition to the teaching staff, undergraduate students in the Richard W. Riley College of Education are employed to further reduce our pupil/teacher ratio and provide children with additional interesting, supportive, and enthusiastic adult interactions. Throughout the school year, faculty members, graduate, and undergraduate students from various university departments spend time in Macfeat observing, participating and interacting positively with the children. Scheduling visitors is done with the children’s best interests in mind.
All encounters at school provide Macfeat children with enriched educational experiences and opportunities to relate to many caring adults. Through such positive and varied interpersonal experiences, children develop a sense of trust in the goodness and wonder of the world.