The Bernice M. Wright Laboratory School serves as a teacher training facility and supports research in early childhood education. Research at the school continues to inform the body of knowledge regarding how young children develop and learn and how families and teachers can promote these skills and dispositions.

Families of children enrolled in the school are asked to participate in ongoing research through family questionnaires, interviews, and child observations. Students in the Department of Human Development and Family Science participate in an annual poster symposium to showcase their semester-long internship and related research projects, many of which include hands-on activities at the Bernice M. Wright Laboratory School.