CDL Highlights:

  • Serves as a teacher training facility for Child and Family Studies majors
  • Provides a State of Tennessee Three-Star Early Childhood program for 4 and 5-year old children from the surrounding communities during the morning.
  • Curriculum is based on Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP) philosophy
  • A Gold Sneaker certified center


The program is designed to foster the total development of the child's physical, social, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual well-being. 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 Laboratory (CDL) was developed as a training facility for teachers, as a research laboratory, and as a service to the community.