Vision, Mission, Objectives

Mission Statement

The mission of University Schools is to provide the children of our community with educational experiences that enhance their development from birth to graduation and promote dynamic research, collaborative partnerships and innovative practices.

The University of Memphis Barbara K. Lipman Early Learning & Research Center is the laboratory/demonstration pre-school of the University of Memphis. Its purposes are to provide developmentally appropriate programs for children two through six years of age, to demonstrate best practices for students preparing for careers working with young children, to facilitate research opportunities, and to model educational leadership to the larger community.


As the early childhood demonstration school we are committed to:

For Children and Families -

Supporting all families.
Facilitating a community of active learners.
Promoting independence and critical thinking.
Forming positive concepts of self, family and community.

For College of Education -

Collaborating with students and faculty to observe, to learn about, and conduct research about young children.
Modeling best practices in early childhood education.
Serving as a Professional Development School (PDS).
Participating in professional partnerships to promote excellence in the teaching of young children.

For Community -

Commitment to teaching about early childhood developmentally appropriate practices.
Advocacy for children and families.