Child Development Laboratory (CDL)


The program is designed to foster the total development of the child-physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual.  These areas of development are interrelated, and the laboratory is equipped and operated to encourage growth in each of these areas.  The Carson-Newman Child Development Lab was developed as a training facility for teachers, as a research laboratory, and as a service to the community.


CDL Highlights:

  • Serves as a teacher training facility for Child and Family Studies majors
  • Students practice teaching skills with the supervision of staff
  • Four-year-old children from the surrounding community attend the morning enrichment program
  • Curriculum is based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) philosophy

For more information, contact:

Mrs. Nancy Farris, CDL Director, at 865-471-3488 or

Mrs. Tammy Hickle, Lead Teacher of the CDL, at       865-471-3300 or

Dr. Catherine Bush, Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences at 865-471-3540  or

  • CDL Enrollment Card (Duplicate)

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