The UC system is facing budgetary constraints and campus is taking collective action to address some of the projected deficit. As such, we received word from the university that we will need to start charging customers for indirect costs (e.g.,  facility and administrative services) associated with operating the early care and learning programs at the ECLS. In alignment with UC Davis Self-Supporting Recharge Operations policy, our tuition will increase by 36%. Go to the ECLS Application, Admission and Fees page for details


Placements for the 2024-25 school year are well underway. Applications continue to be accepted. Go to the Application Admission and Fees page for details. CCAMPIS (low income student child care grant) continues to accept applications as well.


In Fall Quarter 2022, the ECL began collaborating with the Student Reentry Center in providing subsidized child care for UC Davis student parents. For "CCAMPIS" information, please see https://trc.ucdavis.edu/services/student-parent/ccampis.

Welcome to the Early Childhood Laboratory (ECL), the children’s program at CCFS.

Located on the UC Davis campus at 238 1st Street, the ECL provides a model early childhood program, a site for research and observation, and an educational experience for Child Development students at the Center for Child and Family Studies.


All children must be at least 12 months old by October 2, 2023 to be considered for the 2023-24 school year.


Each class is staffed by:

  • A Lead Teacher (B.S. in Child Development or Early Childhood Education)
  • A Child Development Demonstration Lecturer/Specialist (M.S. degree)
  • Three practicum student "caregivers" enrolled in our intensive Laboratory in Early Childhood course who enable us to provide individualized attention to children.

Research about child development is an essential part of the ECL. Parents who enroll their children grant permission for their children to be part of the naturalistic observation research that takes place daily. Several times per year parents are asked to consider other research projects that would involve direct interaction with their child. Parents receive a description of each research project approved by our Research Director and sign an informed consent form.

License numbers: 570306437 and 570311412

NAEYC Logo Our program is proud to have earned NAEYC Accreditation - the mark of quality for early childhood education programs. 



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