Department Chair's Welcome



      Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies. We offer programs in Family Studies, Early Childhood, and Early Childhood Education.

       The Department of Child and Family Studies prepares students to become Early Childhood Educators or Certified Family Life Educators.  Our graduates work in a variety of community and agency settings, as Early Childhood Teachers in the public school system or Family Advocates and Human Service Workers in social service settings.  Our students also gain knowledge and skills to use in your personal life.

     We are committed to excellent opportunities for learning and growth. Our programs provide you with a strong background in theory, research, and also practical skills you can use in your everyday life.  Our committed faculty and staff are very supportive of students and help you to succeed.

     The Melba S. Lehner Children’s School serves as a training lab for students majoring in Early Childhood, Early Childhood Education, and Elementary Education as well as a school for young children ages 2-5. Faculty and students also engage in research activities in the Children’s School.

     Another program within the department is the Care About Childcare office serving Davis, Morgan and Weber counties. This program is funded through a block grant from the Department of Workforce Services and the Utah Office of Child Care.

     The Child and Family Studies Student Association (CFSSA) provides service-learning opportunities on campus and in the community. This organization has received awards as the Most Active Club on campus, the Tradition of Excellence Award, and the Crystal Crest Organization of the year award.  

     We welcome you to our department and hope you make it your academic home. 

Paul Schvaneveldt, Ph.D., CFLE
Department Chair 

 Revised 08-08-2014