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The Center for Child and Family Studies




The Early Childhood Laboratory (ECL), Center for Child and Family Studies, serves as a resource for early childhood educators and child development professionals.  It is accredited by the National Association for the Education for Young Children.  Specific programs are developed, evaluated, and then disseminated widely to advance the health and well being of young children and their families. Notable projects include:


  • Gesturing as a precursor of spoken language
  • Infant Garden, a collaboration between child development and landscape design to create a sensorimotor texture and terrain yard that uniquely engages infants and toddlers
  • Development and implementation of Preschool Outdoor Classroom Curriculum
  • Enriched early language and literacy environment
  • Inclusion of children with special needs into all age group programs
  • Implementation and demonstration of California Preschool Learning Foundations


Demonstration programs, open for tour, offer a model of high-quality early learning environments and intentionality in child-led and adult-guided instruction.  Workshops exploring approaches in meeting early learning standards through environmental design and playful adult-child and peer-to-peer interactions are offered during the year at the facility.  Demonstration lecturers and other program staff are also able to create customized, on-site training and technical assistance presentations for individual programs.

  • Demonstration Programs
  • Early Childhood Workshops
  • Customized trainings and technical assistance

For more information about scheduling a tour, upcoming workshops, and arranging a customized training, please contact:




A major mission of the CCFS is to be a place where students can have hands-on experiences with young children to supplement their academic coursework in human development. Some are observers from introductory courses, UC Davis medical students, or those learning research techniques. All are directly supervised during their time here.
The heart of our education program is the course we teach on site, Communication and Interaction with Young Children (HDE 140). Fifty students each term enroll to learn about infants, toddlers and preschoolers by working as student caregivers in our ECL classrooms while they also attend accompanying lectures and discussions and write observations based on their experiences and readings. Working in caregiving roles with the children enriches their educational experience while enabling the ECL to offer highly individualized care and education to the program's children.
Questions concerning demonstration or observation opportunities can be directed to the CCFS Director.




Those interested in designing or implementing an outreach program at the CCFS or at the Eichhorn Family House can download the Application Forms. Questions concerning outreach opportunities can be directed to the Chairperson of the CCFS Advisory Committee.


Contact Information:

General inquiries can be directed to the CCFS Administrative Assistant: