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Monday, July 25 Update: Cocoa Campus Building 9 is open for limited operations following air conditioning related repairs, however Building 9 classes have been moved to other locations on the Cocoa Campus through the end of summer term. Click here to see the class relocation list for Building 9.

Building strong families

EFSC Lab School is a "hands-on" educational program for families. In our unique "parent cooperative" program families play and learn together, building strong family foundations and lifelong friendships while adults discover the skills to be the best parent they can be for their children, their community and themselves.

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Young children attend with an adult, developing at their own pace in a stimulating, structured atmosphere. Parent and child explore, learn and grow together. Older children participate in many types of learning, developing creative problem-solvers with self-control, social skills and positive self-esteem. All members of the family can participate: once a semester, Saturday classes are held for parents who can't attend during the week.

Daytime classes present new discoveries for parents and for children. Class begins with greeting/circle time, helping everyone connect. Infant families explore their child’s conquests and challenges while older children share and learn together. A safe, fun and developmentally appropriate obstacle course develops muscles, builds and strengthens brain pathways and improves sensory processes. Music time uses lively songs, American Sign Language and finger rhymes. Children dance and sing, developing rhythm, melody, muscle control and speech. Structured play time's engaging activities encourage fine motor skills and strong brains. Older children choose from daily art, block, science and literacy centers, make believe play, and more. Reading time provides a foundation for literacy for even the youngest child. Playground time and snack time provide a place to practice social skills. Throughout the day children learn life skills: trust, cooperation, patience and self-control while their parents help their children with the skills they learn. 

Our adult evening classes teach skills that promote confident, cooperative children. Parents get to interact with other adults. Bonding, development and handling challenging behavior are some of the topics covered. Our meetings answer important parenting questions while giving families the chance to discuss relevant topics and provide support for each other. Parents participate as a team with their trained, professional teacher: growing together, enjoying an active role in their child's school experience and sharing with other parents who have children near the same age.

Come learn with us and rediscover your inner love for learning!

Building 12, Suite 123
UCF/EFSC Library
Eastern Florida State College 
1519 Clearlake Rd.
Cocoa, FL 32922
321-433-7668
labschools@easternflorida.edu

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Interested in a Scholarship?

To apply for the Barbara Young Lab School for Parenting Education Scholarship, click the link below.

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