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Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies, where you’ll discover tools for working successfully with families and children.

Our Family Studies program has led the way for developing national standards for family life educators. As a student, you’ll receive a strong foundation for employment and/or graduate study. Upon graduation, you will be eligible to apply for national certification as a provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). Our Early Childhood and Early Childhood Education programs will prepare you to teach preschool and/or kindergarten and primary grades.

Faculty, staff and students are actively involved in many scholarly and community activities.

Our department operates the Melba S. Lehner Children’s School and the Care About Childcare program. The Children's School offers university students and faculty opportunities to conduct original research and develop expertise in teaching and guiding young children. The Care About Childcare program is sponsored by the Utah State Office of Childcare and offers support for families and childcare providers in the Northern Utah area.

Faculty and students are actively engaged in scholarly activities and regularly publish original research in research journals. They also present research at national and international academic conferences and have won several awards.

We encourage students and faculty to engage the community through outreach activities. Our department operates the Family Literacy Program and the Healthy Relationship and Marriage Project. We also sponsor the Families Alive Conference every two to three years. In addition, the Child and Family Studies Student Association is very active on campus and in our community, providing hundreds of hours of service.

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Visit the Department of Child & Family Studies Facebook and LinkedIn pages to stay up-to-date on news and events in the department.

Visit the Child & Family Studies Student Association Facebook page to connect with other students and get involved in your major.

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Revised 11/13/2018