The Department of Human Development and Family Studies in the College of Human Sciences operates a Child Development Research Center (CDRC) which provides educational/developmental programs for approximately 80 families with children from birth through five years of age. The CDRC serves as a site for instructional experiences for university students who work with children in laboratory, student teaching, and practicum courses. In addition, the Center provides interdisciplinary research opportunities for faculty and graduate students.
The CDRC is accredited by the National Academy of Early Childhood Program Accreditation. The Academy is a division of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the nation’s largest organization of early childhood educators. The CDRC is also licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) and serves as a Rising Star Vendor for Child Care Services.
The Christine DeVitt and Helen DeVitt Jones Child Development Research Center believes that children develop to their highest potential in a nurturing atmosphere which fosters mutual respect and an appreciation for the uniqueness and capabilities of the individual. One of our primary goals is to provide an individualized developmental program for each child we serve.
NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits to children and families. Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’s lifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programs with the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school.
The Christine DeVitt and Helen DeVitt Jones Child Development Research Center (CDRC) at Texas Tech University provides a developmentally appropriate program for the children of faculty, staff, students and area residents.
The nationally-accredited center consists of a state-of-the art facility for children six weeks to six years. The Center is divided into 6 classrooms with observation space located between each of the 3 pairs of classrooms.
The CDRC utilizes an innovative, fully accessible outdoor play environment located just northeast of the center.
The Center is open during fall and spring semesters from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. A summer program is offered.