Child Study Center

Established in 1913

Welcome to the Child Study Center, a laboratory preschool for Wellesley College's Psychology Department.

Originally called the Anne L. Page School, the Center, built in 1913 and named to honor a prominent 19th century early childhood educator, was one of the first laboratory schools in the United States. In the years since then, the Child Study Center has maintained the highest standards of early childhood education in accord with established principles of child growth and development. We view the preschool years as an exciting, optimistic time in life and feel privileged to be professionally involved with the education of young children in this historic yet up-to-date setting.

The Child Study Center serves as a model preschool for approximately 3,000 observers and researchers. We offer a child-centered, play-based program with a modified, open classroom environment and an emergent curriculum. Children learn age-appropriate, self-directed skills with the support of nurturing adults. The Center conducts ongoing parent education in the form of meetings, colloquia, conferences, and written materials. In order to reach beyond our immediate community, Child Study Center staff members lecture frequently to local parent and professional groups.

Prospective Parents can find application info on our Admissions Page


  • 3-yr olds for the Middle Classroom (Must be 3 years old on or before 9/1/2019)
  • 4-yr olds for the Pre-K Classroom (Must be 4 years old on or before 9/1/2019)