Child Development Lab

The UW Child Development Lab (CDL) is 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, visit the CDL Facebook page.

Enrolling Your Child

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Application and Enrollment Information
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General questions and enrollment, contact the Director, Jill Riley, | 608-263-4579 | Fax 608-262-2823

Tuition for current enrollment, contact Assistant Director Terri Strother, |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 as an Assistant Teacher, please read the info and follow the application links from here: College Students.

Student and Research Coordinator, Kristin Orlowski,,

  • 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, contact Dr. Amy Wagner at | 608-890-4253.