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: https://www.facebook.com/uwpreschoollab/

Interested in Enrolling your Child in the Child Development Lab for the 2018-19 School Year?

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 jillriley@wisc.edu or (608)263-4579.

Fax Number

608-262-2823

Current Families

If you are a current family and have questions about:

  • Enrollment – please contact Director Jill Riley at jillriley@wisc.edu or (608)263-4579.
  • Tuition – please contact Assistant Director Terri Strother at tahoffm1@wisc.edu 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 Executive Director, Amy Wagner, at amy.wagner@wisc.edu or (608)890-4253, 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 Amy Wagner at amy.wagner@wisc.edu or (608)890-4253, or the Research Director of the CDL, Dr. Heather Kirkorian, at kirkorian@wisc.edu.

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