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Serving 12 children between the ages of one and two years, a curriculum of "learning centers" is introduced and implemented. Toddlers are given many opportunities to become autonomous learners as they work and play in this hands-on, multi-sensory classroom.

Each of our classrooms has a dedicated lead teacher and assistant teacher. Children also are cared for by our teaching assistants.

Meet your lead teacher, Ms. Jade deHaas

Jade deHaas

Hi, my name is Jade deHaas and I'm the lead teacher in the Toddler I classroom.

I graduated from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2009 with a bachelor's degree in social work.

Since 2005, my career focus has always been working with young children. I've found myself working in a variety of early childhood intervention settings, and enhanced my knowledge of early child development and parent/child attachment.

I'm a Colorado native and moved to Nacogdoches a year ago with my husband, Jason, and our 11-year-old daughter, Harlow. We have enjoyed getting to know the city and community of Nacogdoches and SFA.

I am looking forward to being a part of your children's learning and growth in the Toddler I classroom!

Meet your lead teacher, Ms. Kathlene Johnson

Kathlene Johnson

Hello! My name is Kathlene Johnson and I'm a native of Nacogdoches. I graduated from Nacogdoches High School and received my child development associate credential from Angelina College.

Upon graduation, I began my career at GETCAP Head Start, where I worked for nine years with multiple age groups. I'm excited to continue my career as an assistant teacher in the Toddler I classroom at the Early Childhood Laboratory.

I have three children who attend Nacogdoches ISD. I love spending time with family by going camping, singing and attending church on Sunday mornings.

Activities and development

Early Childhood Laboratory classrooms follow the Constructivist Theory approach. Our teachers develop outdoor lesson plans to correlate with weekly lesson plans that reinforce indoor learning and structure playtime to optimize learning. Using curriculum and assessments for guidance, design of the learning centers is based on the learning needs of each individual child.

In the Toddler I classroom, learning centers offer individual play and group activities such as stories and music. The centers also are designed to encourage physical, social, emotional and language development.

Toddlers are given opportunities to become autonomous learners as they work and play in a hands-on, multi-sensory classroom.

Daily schedule

Time Activity
7:10 to 8:15 a.m. Arrivals and learning centers
8:15 to 8:30 a.m. Story time
8:30 a.m. Morning snack, brush teeth
9 a.m. Music and movement
9:15 a.m. Check diapers, limited centers
10 a.m. Group time
10:15 a.m. Outside play or motor room
11 a.m. Wash hands, lunch
11:30 a.m. Check diapers, start naptime
1:45 to 2:30 p.m. Wake up, check diapers
2:30 p.m. Snack time
3 p.m. Music and movement
3:30 p.m. Group time or story time
4 p.m. Outside or motor room
4:30 p.m. Check diapers, centers
5 to 5:20 p.m. Departures and goodbyes

Stocking their cubby

Here's a quick checklist of items to keep in your child's classroom cubby:

  • Diapers
  • Lovey (small comfort item)
  • Two to three sets of season-appropriate clothing

We provide diaper wipes, naptime items (cot, pillow and blanket), toothbrush and water bottle. 

Toys must stay at home.

New families:

Bring three to four photos of family members for your child's scrapbook collage page.

Photo gallery of classroom and playground


Climbing, crawling, running, balancing and swinging. There is no shortage of playground opportunities to explore! If you come by while your toddler is enjoying outside play, you might find them riding a Cozy Coupe or using their imagination in the sandbox. 



Early Childhood Laboratory
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Physical Address:
Janice A. Pattillo Early Childhood Research Center
2428 Raguet St.

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 6105, SFA Station
Nacogdoches, Texas 75962

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