The Department of Defense Child Development Virtual Lab School at The Ohio State University
The Virtual Lab School
Created by experts at The Ohio State University, the Virtual Lab School (VLS) addresses a critical need for an easy to navigate online professional development and resource system that empowers professionals to build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child care and youth development. Supported by an extensive repository of professional development videos, research-based content, and relevant, interactive learning materials, the VLS simulates the enriching learning experiences found in university lab school settings.
Core Content Features
The VLS system offers distinct tracks for center-based professionals including direct-care providers (infant/toddler, preschool, and school-age), training and curriculum specialists (coaches), and management personnel, as well as a track for home-based care providers who typically care for mixed- age groups. Anchored by 15 Core Content courses that include the 13 Functional Areas of the Child Development Associate competency standards used in early care settings around the world, the Core Content covers research-based developmentally appropriate practices for working with children from birth to age 12 across all the functional roles in child and youth care and education settings.
In addition to the Core Content, the VLS features a series of special topics and other resources that support the development of a highly trained and effective workforce. All of the courses and resources have been designed to support child and youth educators as they build their knowledge and skills around research-based practices in child care and youth development.
About the Virtual Lab School
The Department of Defense Virtual Lab School was designed and developed by a faculty and staff team at The Ohio State University led by Dr. Cynthia Buettner and in partnership with the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture.