Stephen F. Austin State University

Early Childhood Lab

SFA's Early Childhood Laboratory began in 1969 and is located in the Janice Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center at 2428 Raguet St. Based on the Constructivist Theory of Learning, our program focuses on five program goals: Autonomy, Integrity, Openness, Problem Solving and Emerging Academics.

If you reside in the Nacogdoches area and are interested in enrolling your child, please call (936)468-4006 to schedule a visit. We are happy to provide additional information and answer any questions you may have.

ECHL Waitlist Application

The Early Childhood Lab is now accepting applications for our waitlist. Please complete and email the application form to, and pay the one-time $25 application fee through Marketplace as outlined on the application. We look forward to you joining our school family!

Fillable Application Enrollment and Marketplace Procedures.doc

Coronavirus/COVID-19 Prevention and Response

If a staff member or child tests positive for COVID-19, the ECHL will:

Work at the ECHL!

Are you an SFA student interested in working with young children?
Join our team by applying for one of our Teacher Assistant (TA) positions.

Availability forms:

Child-care Licensing requires MANDATORY training prior to working with children.

Training is scheduled AS NEEDED for new TAs.

Purple TA Shirt Required $10-$15

Please contact us at 936.468.4006 for more information.

Give to the ECHL

Donations to the ECHL can be given online here. Thank you for supporting our school!

Scholarship for Our Children

The ECHL Lori McGough Harkness Scholarship was established in 2017 to provide assistance for families who have more than one child enrolled in SFA's Early Childhood Lab. Both parents must be working full time or be enrolled as a full-time SFA student and must not qualify for additional child care funding through any other program. The scholarship is awarded each semester.

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A View of the ECHL