The Child Development and Learning Laboratory is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC is dedicated to improving the well being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and development services for all children from birth through age eight. Every staff member of the CDLL is an individual member of NAEYC and many of the student teachers are members as well.
The Child Development and Learning Laboratory is also a member of The North American Reggio Emilia Alliance (NAREA) is a network of educators, parents, and advocates seeking to elevate both the quality of life and the quality of schools and centers for young children. Members of NAREA envision a world where all children are honored and respected for their potential, their capabilities, and their humanity. The mission of NAREA is to build a diverse community of advocates and educators to promote and defend the rights of children, families, and educators of all cultures through a collaboration of colleagues inspired by the philosophies and experiences of the 0-6 education project of Reggio Emilia, Italy.
In March of 2005, the Michigan State Board of Education created and adopted the Early Childhood Standards of Quality for Prekindergarten to define quality programs for young children and the learning that might be expected of young children at certain ages and stages. As the children of the CDLL engage in learning experiences through studies and investigations with their peers and adults, the staff and student teachers of the CDLL document how these play-based experiences support and connect to Michigan's Early Childhood Standards of Quality. These connections are identified on completed lesson plans, on student teacher blogs, and occasionally on the daily classroom updates.