Innovative, Research based Professional Development for Child & Youth Educators
The Virtual Lab School empowers professionals to build their knowledge and skills around research based practices in child and youth care and development.
This new approach to professional development and learning for those who care for and educate our nation's children includes:
- Expert Narratives
- Research Based Practices
- Streaming Video
- Reflective Questions
- Downloadable Activities & Resources
A DoD, USDA, & OSU EHE HDFS Collaboration
The Virtual Lab School (VLS) was created by experts at The Ohio State University, led by EHE’s Cynthia Buettner, associate professor of human development and family science. The VLS was also developed in partnership with the Department of Defense Office of Family Policy, Children & Youth, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture.
Learn more about the VLS team at http://www.virtuallabschool.org/team.
About the Virtual Lab School Core Content
The VLS system offers distinct tracks for center-based professionals including direct-care providers (infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age), training and curriculum specialists (coaches), and management personnel, as well as a track currently under development for home-based care providers who typically care for mixed- age groups. Anchored by 15 Core Content courses that include the 13 Child Development Associate competencies used in early care settings around the world, the Core Content covers research-based developmentally appropriate practices for working with children from birth to age 12 across all the functional roles in child and youth care and education settings.
Read About the VLS in EHE’s Inspire Magazine
The VLS was featured in the 2016 publication of EHE's Inspire Magazine. Read the story, "Preparing Early Childhood Educators Around the World", in the digital edition of the 2016 Inspire here: http://inspire.ehe.osu.edu/