Looking back with our Alum now entering High school, our family was very fortunate to have an early childhood teacher who worked with the late Shirley Moore who passed 2013, and staff that worked with Moore's peers. We relied on the the individualized student learning report, as prepared by the teacher for every graduate before the start of Kindergarten. It guided our choices in schools & extra curricular for several years thereafter! And is still surprisingly accurate. Our venerated teacher stated "The Lab School was made for a child like yours" - our bright energetic daughter never quit smiling and exploring. The Reggio Emilia model supported our similar parenting style and laid down the practice of partnering education & home going forward. Generations of SE families have attended and returned since the 1950s... so vital in the community that openings were nil early 2000s for our eldest. The U of MN Lab School is hard to beat. Authentic play, well planned tactile & visual rotating classroom offerings, being outdoors in a superior playground with mature Oaks and nearby river, a routine of exploring physical science concepts (child directed & interesting faculty lab visits), making music/singing and reading imaginative stories daily - all set a tone for engaged learning going forward! A fave parent event was the Oleanna annual book sale. Parents enthusiastically appreciated the morning health strep check & before class (and as needed) hand washing as habit - a quick easy practice with real reduction in illness and absence (primary, middle and high schools could definitely benefit)! Its unfortunate that primary schools and higher, don't take inspiration. The Institute of Child Development might give more thought to community engagement and scholarship fund (possibly with consideration for families with a stay at home parent) via a more viable alumni society for grads and parents.