About Us

Program Overview

The Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory at The University of Texas at Austin is a part of the Department of Human Development and Family Sciences (HDFS) in the School of Human Ecology.


Established in 1927, the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory (PPFCFL) was known as the Nursery School. The original location was in the former home of the president of the university, Dr. H.Y. Benedict, at 109 W. 26th Street. In 2002, the lab school moved to its current location, in the Sarah M. & Charles E. Seay Building (SEA). We enroll up to 108 children aged 18 months through 6 years.


Our play-based and hands-on discovery oriented program is designed to meet the individual needs of the children and reflect their emerging interests while supporting their mastery of new abilities. Children develop self-esteem, self-control and the skills to become effective problem-solvers through developmentally appropriate activities designed to enhance the basic processes necessary for learning.

What our Alumni are Saying...

"My advice to other students about the lab school is if you are looking for a site where you can gain hands on experience with guidance from wonderful mentors who are extremely experienced and well educated in the field, then lab school is the ideal place. The master teachers, families, administration, and facility are all superb; you won’t have a better experience anywhere else."  
Sarah Ozuna,
Former HDFS Practicum Student