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Educational Leadership and Human Development

Lovinger Building, Room 4101
Warrensburg, MO 64093
Phone: 660-543-4341
Office Manager: Barb Hicks


Child and Family Development FAQ

Child and Family Development Program FAQ

What is CFD?

  • By emphasizing the principles and concepts of human development and the complexities of contemporary life, the Child and Family Development Program (CFD) prepares students for a wide variety of careers working with children & their families.
  • Currently we have three full-time faculty. 
    How is Child and Family Development (CFD) different from Early Childhood Education (ECE)?
  • Both CFD and ECE students may be working with young children, and have courses that are included in both the programs such as Child Development, Development and Learning.
  • The ECE program focuses on teaching techniques and strategies and the CFD program emphasizes the multidirectional relationships between individuals and the developmental contexts such as family, school, work, community, and culture.
  • The CFD program is also a unique and distinctive discipline in that it brings together psychological principles, cultural and social insights from anthropolological and social studies, and applications of human research in human physiology.
  • The CFD area focuses on the maturation and developmental processes as these interact in reciprocal fashion within and among family members. Emphasis is to equip graduates to contribute to programs of family life education and primary prevention and to programs of child development.