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Mission Statement

Provide a safe, developmentally appropriate environment for pre-kindergarten children.

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Vision Statement

Create a stimulating early learning and care experience, mutually benefiting both our community’s children and our high school students.

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About

Child Development & Teaching Laboratory

The Early Bird Learning Center is a Child Development & Teaching Laboratory within Liberty High School.

A laboratory school is a program that facilitates the learning process while allowing for observation and hands-on educational experiences for all learners. Our Early Bird Learning Center reflects these qualities. The Early Bird Learning Center operates as an educational laboratory, supporting the Child Development programs within the Family and Consumer Science curriculum.  The high school students gain first-hand experience and spend time in the classroom providing extra one-on-one interaction. Within this lab, formal and informal observations and field experiences are developed to enhance the curriculum for our high school students while enriching your child’s learning processes.

  • Activities are planned and implemented by not only highly-qualified early learning facilitators, but also our high school students.
  • Program goals, learning activities, and objectives are aligned to the Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education Early Learning Standards.

The Early Bird Child Development & Teaching Laboratory is an educational setting for community children and a teaching laboratory for Liberty High School students, faculty, and staff. It is part of the district’s high school curriculum and is a program intended to serve high school students (as part of their curriculum) rather than a benefit to district community members.

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Courses that Utilize the Child Development Laboratory School

Child Development I

Credit Hours: 0.5 Credit Hours

Primary Credit Type: Practical Arts

Grades Eligible: 9th - 12th Grades

The emphasis of this semester course will focus on the responsibilities involved in pregnancy, birth, and care for an infant. This course will help students make appropriate and timely decisions about having children of their own. Understanding the developmental tasks and growth patterns of children enables the students to recognize individual differences in children and peers. Students will also be introduced to a variety of career

opportunities available in the area of child care.

 

Child Development II

Credit Hours: 0.5 Credit Hours

Primary Credit Type: Practical Arts

Grades Eligible: 9th - 12th Grades

This course focuses on the evaluation of the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of children from age one to twelve. Through coursework and hands-on application, students will develop a broader understanding of how children respond in everyday situations. Students will also be taught parenting skills and how to relate the development of children to expectations in the home.

Prerequisite: Child Development I.

 

Child Development: Care & Guidance

Credit Hours: 1.0 Credit Hour

Primary Credit Type: Practical Arts

Grades Eligible: 11th - 12th

Dual Credit: Yes

Students will gain knowledge in the field of childcare, guidance, and supervision as applied to the workplace. They will practice how to solve problems based upon the developmental needs of children. This course will also examine the nature, purposes, and processes of observing children. Students will prepare and teach lessons to students in the child development laboratory school. This course is available for two dual-credit hours through University of Central Missouri.

Prerequisites: Child Development I, Child Development II, and Child Growth & Development.

Please Note: Teacher approval is required for this course.

 

Child Growth & Development

Credit Hours: 1.0 Credit Hour

Primary Credit Type: Practical Arts

Grades Eligible: 11th - 12th

Dual Credit: Yes

This is a dual credit course that provides an in-depth look at child development, parenting, and

childcare concepts. It focuses on development from prenatal to age eight. Physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development is emphasized. The interrelationship of all development is stressed. Children’s health issues and preventative care will also be emphasized. Students have the opportunity to plan and teach lessons to students in the child development laboratory school.  Juniors and seniors who qualify may earn college credit.

Prerequisite: Child Development I and Child Development II.

Please Note: Teacher approval is required for this course.

 

Educational Internship Program I

Credit Hours: 0.5 or 1.0 Credit Hour(s)

Primary Credit Type: Practical Arts

Grades Eligible: 12th Grade

Dual Credit: Yes, if taking both EIP I and EIP II

This college level course is intended for seniors who are seriously considering pursuing

teaching as a profession. Students will be assigned a cooperating classroom in the district in order to assist the teacher with classroom preparation, tutoring, small group learning activities and whole group instructional opportunities. Students will also engage in pedagogical studies, online discussions, and instructional projects that throughout the course that explore classroom culture, literacy, and theories of learning. Strategies are aligned to local, state, and national standards for college and career readiness. All students taking EIP are accountable to the

policies and procedures of their cooperating schools and classrooms as well as their high school.

Prerequisite: Interested students will complete an online application. Teacher recommendations, GPA, attendance, and discipline records will be reviewed before placement.

 

Educational Internship Program II

Credit Hours: 0.5 or 1.0 Credit Hour(s)

Primary Credit Type: Practical Arts

Grades Eligible: 12th Grade

Dual Credit: Yes, if taking both EIP I and EIP II

During the second semester of EIP, interns will assist their Cooperating Teachers with

classroom preparation, tutoring, and instructional activities related to multiple intelligences, lesson design, and assessment. Students will also explore the roles of diversity and differentiation in the contemporary classroom. Strategies are aligned to local, state, and national standards for college and career readiness. All students taking EIP are accountable to the policies and procedures of their cooperating schools and classrooms as well as

their high school.

Prerequisite: Educational Internship Program I.

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