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Macfeat Early Childhood Laboratory School


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. Staffed by professional educators with advanced degrees, graduate and undergraduate students, and numerous volunteers, the Lab School provides each child with a unique opportunity to explore, create, experiment, and build social skills through interactions with other children and caring, competent adults.

The classrooms at Macfeat are designed with learning centers that foster independence, creativity, collaboration and discovery.

Program Goals

  • Macfeat students will develop intellectually, physically, socially and emotionally in a holistic environment designed to promote cooperation and critical thinking skills. 
  • Macfeat families will find support in the exploration of ways to best meet the developmental and educational challenges facing parents of young children. 
  • Winthrop University students will observe best teaching practices in Macfeat, helping to prepare them as educators. 
  • Winthrop University faculty will be provide a research center to assist them in professional development.

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