Story by Jessica CrabtreeThe Early Childhood Lab School, newly named Valley Lab School, is a new program for Missouri Valley College.
Located at the First Christian Church, the school is open not only to Valley students and faculty, but also to the entire Marshall community.
Director Melissa Pointer said they take children from six weeks to five years of age and the school is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For the MVC community, the cost is $18 per day, Pointer said. For residents of Marshall, the cost is $20 per day.
According to the ECLS website, the school features many inside and outside play areas, two meals and two snacks on the weekdays when the school is open, child development portfolios, and individual classrooms.
Pointer said the school has several full-time and part-time employees, nine to 11 Work and Learn students, and interns.
Anyone interested in the school can visit the ECLS website at www.moval.edu/ecls. Anyone interested in enrolling their child can find a registration form on the website. There is a fee of $35 when turning in the form to secure a spot.
(Watch for a longer feature story about the new lab school at a later time.)