Child Development Lab

The UW Child Development Lab (CDL) Children playing in sandis a child development and early learning program for community children and a teaching and research laboratory for University students, faculty, and staff. Please click here for an important letter from Dean Shim regarding the name change from UW Preschool Lab to UW Child Development Lab.

We offer year-round programs for children ages 6 weeks-5 years. Learn more about our mission, history, site info, and staff.

For current happenings at the Child Development Lab, visit our Facebook page at:

Enrolling Your Child
CLICK HERE to read more about setting up your tour
CLICK HERE to read more about Application and Enrollment Information
CLICK HERE if your child qualifies for 4K

General Questions
If you have general questions about the Child Development Lab, please contact the Director, Jill Riley, at or (608)263-4579.

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Current Families

If you are a current family and have questions about:

  • Enrollment – please contact Director Jill Riley at or (608)263-4579.
  • Tuition – please contact Assistant Director Terri Strother at or (608)263-4093 ext. 102.

*If you have non-urgent questions for your child’s teachers, you can find their contact information here:  UW CDL Staff Contact Info.  (Note: Our teacher’s priority during work hours is taking care of your children, so expect a delay in email response times.  If you need an immediate response, please call your child’s classroom directly.)

College Students

If you are interested in working, volunteering, or interning at the Child Development Lab as an Assistant Teacher, please read the info and follow the application links from here: College Students.

Please contact the Student and Research Coordinator, Kristin Orlowski at, if you would like to:

  • Observe from an observation booth in the Child Development Lab for part of a class assignment.
  • Conduct research as part of a course requirement or your Master’s Thesis or Dissertation.
Professors, Researchers, and Lecturers

If you are interested in scheduling a time for your class to observe, have a guest lecturer from the CDL visit your class, or conduct your research in the CDL, please contact Dr. Amy Wagner at or (608)890-4253.

Fax: 608-262-2823
Mail: School of Human Ecology
Child Development Lab- Nancy Nicholas Hall
1300 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706