Observation Procedures

Observation Policies Observation Rules Resources for Observers

Times You Can Observe at the CDL & ECDL

CDL Building

ECDL Building

7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

7:30 AM – 12:30 PM

3:00-5:30 PM

2:30-5:30 PM

Observation Policies

  • photoAll students must be enrolled in a course or sponsored by a faculty member.
  • photoAll student observers must sign in with their name and course number at the 2nd floor hallway of the Child Development Lab (CDL) building or at the front desk at the Early Child Development Lab (ECDL) building.
  • All student observers must sign out prior to leaving the facility.

Observing at the CDL

  • The observation galleries are located at the 2nd floor of the CDL.
  • You must sign in upstairs before observing inside or outside at the CDL.

Observing at the ECDL

  • photoAll visitors must sign-in at the ECDL’s front desk before observing inside or outside at the ECDL.
  • Always bring your photo ID to trade for a set of headphones for inside observations and for an orange observer ID tag for both inside and outside observations.

Observation Rules

  • DON’T TALK
    Children can hear you through the mesh screening of the CDL observation galleries. Never use children’s names when you discuss at the CDL out of respect for the confidentiality of CDL families.
  • NO FOOD/DRINK
    Eating/drinking is not permitted inside the observation booths/galleries.
  • NO SITTING ON OBSERVATION BOOTH COUNTERS
    The counters at the ECDL are not designed to support human weight. Mirrors are located around each classroom to facilitate observations in hard-to-see corners of the room.

Resources for Observers

Sound Ports

Plug your head phones into ECDL observation booth sound ports and dial to different stations to hear all classroom sounds.

photophotoClassroom Schedules

Toddler-preschool observation booths/galleries have general classroom routines (outdoor play, snack, rest time, etc.) posted to assist students in planning their observations.

Who’s Who

photo“Siblists” in observation booths/galleries provide children’s observation numbers, nicknames, birthdates, sibling information, and number of semesters at the CDL.

You can identify children by matching siblist information with older children’s name/number tags and with the pictorial directories in infant observation booths.