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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.

Picture above: In April 2016, Modern Woodmen of America presented Nancy Harris, Director of the Child Development Laboratory with a certificate as a Hometown Hero. The award is in recognition of her 39 years of service in teaching young children. The award pays tribute to Mrs. Farris for her accomplishments  and shows appreciation for her contributions 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 nfarris@cn.edu

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

Dr. Linda Robinson, Associate Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences at 865-471-3299  or lrobinson@cn.edu

  • CDL Enrollment Card

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