Explore the wonders of learning through your child's eyes!

Lab School is a parent cooperative where parents grow and learn with their children. Parents and children come to daytime class together, giving parents hands on practice for the skills they learn in the adults' only evening meetings. Lab school is an open enrollment program; families can join anytime and find friendships that last a lifetime! View information about how to register online.

Lab School Location Information

Unless otherwise noted in the accordion below, daytime classes and summer camps are held at Lab School's Cocoa Beach location: Riverside Presbyterian Church, 3400 North Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. View a Google Map Locations for parent evening meetings are coordinated by the instructor and that information will be provided after registration. If you have any questions contact Lab School at 321-433-7668 or via email: labschools@easternflorida.edu

 Lab School Offerings

Adorable Me! & Active Me! Infant Programs

Infancy is an amazing time of growth and change both for infants and for their parents. Raising young children can be less stressful and more fun when families share the joys, changes, and challenges of raising very young children. The Lab School Infant Program has two classes based on age: Adorable Me! for parents of younger infants (6 weeks - 9 months) and Active Me! for parents of older infants (10 months - 18 months). Each class has a daytime and optional evening section. One day per week parents share fun, developmentally stimulating activities with their children in a structured, informal atmosphere. While learning from the various activities, parents share their questions with other parents and the Parent Educator, finding answers and friendship in a safe, supportive environment. Evening classes meet once per month and cover topics such as sleep patterns, nutrition, child proofing for crawlers, the personality of infants, beginning a lifelong loving discipline relationship, sibling interactions and more. 

Note: All ages for all classes are as of September 1st for the school year. Children remain in their class for the year.

Adorable Me! Class Meeting Times

Parent/Child Class: Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Maximum class size: 10 families

Active Me! Class Meeting Times

Parent/Child Class: Fridays 9:30 - 11:30 AM
Maximum class size: 10 families

Terrific Toddlers Program

The Lab School toddler program focuses on the physical, social, emotional and cognitive growth for children nineteen months to age 3 years. Each class has a daytime and evening section. Parents and children choose one or two days a week to jump into friendships, dive into creativity, and laugh while learning new social, emotional and language skills in this highly interactive class. Classes are taught by a caring Parent Educator who will answer questions and help families assess and encourage all aspects of their child's development. Parents participate in the "co-op" by choosing "jobs" which help the class succeed and build bonds with the other class families.

Adult evening classes meet twice per month in Cocoa Beach and once per month in Melbourne with an optional second evening meeting. One monthly meeting covers various topics, including Sensory Integration, parent-child communication, the "terrific twos," encouraging a positive self image, supporting intellectual growth, toilet training, how toddlers play with others, emerging language and safety in the toddler years, and more. The other monthly meeting, which is optional, focuses on positive discipline and learning to guide a child toward self-control, resilience and playful learning.

Note: All ages for all classes are as of September 1st for the school year. Children remain in their class for the year.

Terrific Toddlers Class Meeting Times

Parent/Child Class: Tuesday and/or Thursday 9:30 AM - 12 PM
Parent Education Class: Evenings TBD
Positive Discipline: Evenings TBD
* One class-various topics; one class-positive disciplineNew Digital Formats Available!
Maximum class size: 14 families

Terrific Toddlers Saturday Classes

Lab School Saturday Toddler class provides a place where toddlers can reach their full potential while forming positive connections with their parents and new friends. Toddlers learn through play: moving to music, creating with creative materials, playing outdoors and using their bodies to strengthen their minds. Lab School activities are specially designed to help children develop physically, emotionally and socially. Parents experience how to teach children cooperation, and learn to tame toddler situations with calm and confidence while having fun and forming parent-child bonds that last a lifetime. Together, parents and children make long lasting friendships and a healthy family. In the Lab School Cooperative, families support each other and make each class their own. For families with children ages 18 months to 3 years.

Playful Preschool

Lab School offers both a 3-day and a 5-day program for preschoolers, providing sensory exploration, creative problem solving and academic "fun"damentals. Children 3-4 years of age attend 3 days per week, and children 4 years of age and older* attend 5 days per week.

Lab School focuses not only on what children learn, but how they learn, by recognizing differences in temperament and learning styles, and using positive activities to foster physical, social, emotional, and mental development. Team work, active learning, self control and loving relationships are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

The 3-day and 5-day programs develop knowledgeable parents who have experience in interacting with and guiding their children, vital skills for modern parents through the rest of the school years. Parents attend on their co-op "work days" and participate under direct supervision of a teacher providing structured, sequential and complex learning activities.

Evening classes meet twice per month. In one monthly evening class for the adults, parents identify positive parenting strategies, and learn effective parent/child communication skills. Some of the other topics covered include temperament theory and how it applies to older children and to parents at home, work and school; emotional and moral development; literacy; learning styles; how families operate together; kindergarten school readiness; and other special topics. The other monthly meeting focuses on social/emotional development that leads children to self-control and making good choices.

Playful Preschool prepares children to succeed in the next stage of education and beyond.

Note: All ages for all classes are as of September 1st for the school year. Children remain in their class for the year.

Playful Preschool Three-Day Class Meeting Times

Parent/Child Classes 3 days: Mon, Wed, Fri. 9 AM - 12 PM
Parent Education Class: Plus New Digital Format Available!
Evenings TBD 
Positive Discipline: Evenings TBD
* One class-various topics; one class-positive discipline
Maximum class size: 20 families

Playful Preschool Five-Day Class Meeting Times

Parent/Child Class: Monday - Friday 9 AM - 12 PM
Parent Education Class: Plus New Digital Format Available!
2nd Tuesday for various topics 6:45 - 8:45 PM
4th Tuesday for positive discipline 6:45 - 8:45 PM
Maximum class size: 20 families

New Class: BabyConnect! and MomsConnect!

BabyConnect uses play and fun to deepen the loving connection with your baby: the connection that is building your child's brain every day and will last a lifetime. BabyConnect is a special one hour “baby and me” time for you and your baby to share with other supportive, friendly parents. Led by professional educator Colleen Johnson, you will encourage your baby’s development through music, activities and soothing games while exploring parenting options and meeting new friends.

Mom’sConnect is a new 6-week Digital group for moms with new babies ages newborn – 5 months. Connect with other new moms, babies, families and friends. Learn, laugh, unite and feel heard and cared about.

Cost: $38

Class Meeting Times

Parent/Child Class: TBD
Maximum class size: 12 families
Minimum class size: 6 families

Confident Connections for Parents and Teachers

Parent Education Class: Plus new digital format available!
Class forming now! Days & Times TBD 
To register and attend the class, call 321-433-7668
Maximum class size: 20 families

Parent Meetings Only - New Digital Format Available

Parents who want to explore their parenting options and learn techniques that build confident relationships can attend evening meetings on campus or now take part via online access with other like-minded parents. Meetings are once or twice per month with the focus on understanding your child’s growth and tailoring your parenting to build a connected, successful family.  

Lab School Special Events

Lab School offers special workshops, seminars and classes to the community at various times during the year for differing age groups and with various topics. Please check back often to see when new classes are added. Special Events now being offered are:

Open Registration
Lab School is an open enrollment program: families can join at any time. Registration for families is now open. Call 321-433-7668 for more information or enroll using the Online Registration Form. Enrollment remains open until the class fills. 

Lab School Open House 
The first five years of a child’s life shape a child’s future.  Call to try a free Lab School class or to arrange a school tour for infants, toddlers or preschoolers at either the Cocoa Beach or Babcock Center sites.

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Summer Classes 2019

Summer Reading

Ignite your child's love of reading this summer! Join both sessions for your child's age group, or just one.
Cost: $75 per session

Ages 4 years old and entering kindergarten: Have fun with beginning phonics, letter recognition and easy sight words using multi-sensory activities that kids enjoy, motivating them to successful reading!

Session 1
Monday, June 10 – Thursday, June 13  
9:30– 11:30 AM

Session 2
Monday, June 17 – Thursday, June 20  
9:30 – 11:30 AM

Ages 6 and entering 1st grade: Successful reading skills come easier when learning is fun and memorable. Learning through multi-sensory experiences engages learning and creates better readers. Children will have fun and learn phonics, sight words and reading comprehension.

Session 1
Monday, July 8 – Thursday, July 11
9:30 – 11:30 AM

Session 2
Monday, July 15 – Thursday, July 18
9:30 – 11:30 AM

Toddler Summer Fun

Enjoy art, music, sensory fun, block and dramatic play with your toddler!
Cost: $30 per week or $15 per session
Ages 18 months – 2.5 years

Tuesday, May 21; Tuesday, May 28 and Tuesday, June 4
Thursday, May 23; Thursday, May 30 and Thursday, June 6
11:30 AM

Creative Fun with Food

Get creative with food and release your inner chef!
Cost: $60 per child plus a $6 dollar material fee

Friday, July 5; Friday, July 12; Friday, July 19 and Friday, July 26
Ages 3-5:  9 – 11 AM
Ages 6-10: 11:30 AM – 1 PM