Child Development Lab

The UW Child Development Lab (CDL) Two girls holding gourds a child development and early learning program for community children and a teaching and research laboratory for University students, faculty, and staff.

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:

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

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Contact Us

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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Prospective Families

If you are a prospective Child Development Lab family, and would like to set up a tour, please contact the Executive Director, Amy Wagner, at

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.

***We no longer have room in our program for interns, volunteers, or service learning students for Spring 2018 semester. 

Please contact the Executive Director, Amy Wagner, at 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 or (608)890-4253, or the Research Director of the CDL, Dr. Heather Kirkorian, at

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

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