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Child Development Laboratory (CDL)


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.

Pictured 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
  • 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

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. Lisa Connor, Assistant Professor, Family and Consumer Sciences at 865-471-3299  or

  • CDL Enrollment Card (Duplicate)

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