About Our Classrooms

The classroom experience is unique for each child and their family. Classroom activities and routines are designed to help children gain the confidence to try new activities, solve problems, and explore new ideas and ways of doing things. At the same time, they are learning to respect others and their different ideas. The curriculum is never static; it changes to reflect the needs and interests of individual children as well as the total group.

Meals & Snacks

What’s on my child’s plate?


Important days at Miller Lab School

Daily Schedule & Sample Plans

What we are doing and learning


Snacks and meals are provided by MCDLS. Eating is a social activity that we enjoy. Good eating habits are acquired through imitation, practice, encouragement, and guidance. It is important that children enjoy the foods they eat.

Some guidelines we use that help children develop healthy eating habits include:

  • Food is served in a relaxed atmosphere, which allows for social interactions with peers and adults.
  • Snack and meal time provides a time to be together and for setting good examples. Children are marvelous imitators.
  • Cooking experiences give children a sense of accomplishment. Children will have opportunities to help prepare snacks.


MCDLS does not feed cow’s milk to infants younger than 12 months, and it serves only whole milk to children of ages 12 months to 24 months. Children 2 years and older are served 2% milk; children with allergies can be served a milk substitute with a doctor’s note. Families may choose to have their child served Organic milk and/or Soy milk for a monthly fee of $45.00 a month. Please contact your head teacher or the director if you are interested in substituting one of the organic options available for dairy (milk) products.

Safe Food Guidelines

MCDLS shall not offer foods that present a choking hazard to children younger than three (3) years of age, including, but not limited to, the following:

Whole grapes, hot dog rounds, hard candy, nuts, seeds, raw peas, dried fruit*, pretzel nuggets, chips, popcorn, marshmallows, spoonful of peanut butter, and chunks of meat larger than children can swallow whole. Hard pretzel sticks and hard, small, traditionally shaped pretzels are high-risk foods for choking incidents. * To clarify: raisins are a dried fruit and cannot be served to children under three years of age.

Staff cut foods into pieces no larger than ¼-inch squares for infants and ½-inch squares for toddler/twos according to each child’s chewing and swallowing capability.

Infants and toddlers often swallow pieces of food without chewing. Chicken tenders, fish sticks, and other foods will be cut according to the age group requirements. If this cannot be done, these foods will not be served regardless if the program provides the food or if it is brought from home. Staff will err on the side of safety regardless of whether a child has had problems chewing or swallowing.

Miller Lab School Calendar

July 4, 2023School Closed | Independence Day Holiday
July 28, 2023Last Day of School for 2022-2023
July 31, 2023Center Closed
Aug. 4, 2023Center Closed
Aug. 7–8, 2023Center Closed | Teacher Mandatory Training
Aug. 9, 2023Children’s First Day
Aug. 31, 2023All School Parent Meeting 6-7:00 pm
Sep. 4, 2023All School Closed | Labor Day
Nov. 23–24, 2023All School Closed | Thanksgiving Vacation
Dec. 22, 2023–Jan. 1, 2024All School Closed | Winter Break
Jan. 15, 2024All School Closed | Martin Luther King Jr. Day
April 5, 2024All School Closed | IAEYC Conference
May 27, 2024All School Closed | Memorial Day
July 4, 2024All School Closed | Independence Day
July 26, 2024Last Day of School for 2023-2024
July 29–Aug. 6, 2024Center Closed
Aug. 7, 2024Children’s First Day

Classroom Daily Schedules and Sample Activity Plans

Purple (6 weeks – 2 years)Daily ScheduleAM PlanPM PlanCenter Plan
Red (18 – 36 months)Daily ScheduleAM PlanPM PlanCenter Plan
Blue (2 years)Daily ScheduleMorning PlanPM PlanCenter Plan
Orange (2 1/2 – 4 1/2 years)Daily ScheduleAM PlanPM PlanCenter Plan
Green (2 1/2 – 4 1/2 years)Daily ScheduleAM PlanPM PlanCenter Plan
Yellow (3 – 5 years)Daily ScheduleAM PlanPM PlanCenter Plan
Aqua (3 – 5 years)Daily ScheduleAM PlanPM PlanCenter Plan