Department Chair's Welcome


   Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies in the Jerry and Vickie Moyes College of Education at Weber State University. 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 making your experience an excellent opportunity for learning and growth. We strive to meet the educational needs of our students by providing excellent training. 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 want to help you succeed, whatever your goals may be.
     The Melba S. Lehner Children’s school serves as a training lab for students majoring in Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education, as well as a teaching school for young children of pre-kindergarten age. It also gives observation and research opportunities intended to advance learning in the field.
     Another program within the department is The Northern Region of Child Care Resource & Referral, 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 will find it a great place to pursue your education.  We hope you will explore the options we offer and consider pursuing your eduction in our department.

Paul Schvaneveldt, Ph.D., CFLE

Department Chair 

Weber State UniversityOgden, Utah 84408

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