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Christine DeVitt and Helen DeVitt Jones Child Development Research Center

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Play-Based Curriculum. Cutting-Edge Research.

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.

Explore Our Programs

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.

Watch the clips below to get a glimpse into the programs at the CDRC.

Infant Program

Ages: 6 weeks to 2 years
Class Size: 12
(2 classrooms)
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Toddler Program

Ages: 2 to 3 years
Class Size: 14
(2 classrooms)
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Preschool Program

Ages: 4 to 6 years
Class Size: 18
(2 classrooms)
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Center Tours


In-person center tours are available at the following times:

  • Mondays: 2:30 - 4 p.m.
  • Fridays: 9 - 10:30 a.m.

Please contact the CDRC at (806) 742-3016 or cdrc@ttu.edu to schedule your in-person tour.

Child Development Research Center

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    15th Street and Akron, Box 41230, Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas 79409-1230
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