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Welcome from the Director
Program Philosophy & Goals


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: Introducing the CDL's Natural Playscape Project

 Welcome from Angie Smith, Director of the CDL

Welcome to the Child Development Laboratory, part of Tennessee Tech's College of Education.COE CDL_girl_painting_wb

As a university-based laboratory program, one of our important goals is to train TTU students majoring in early childhood/ early child special education, child and family studies, and other academic disciplines such as music therapy, nursing, and psychology. We strive to exhibit the highest standards and best practices in child care and early education professions. 

For more information about our programs for young learners, please feel free to make an appointment for a tour to help answer any questions you may have regarding the CDL. We maintain an “open door policy” at all times.

We look forward to meeting everyone and working closely with each of our families and prospective student placements.


Angie Smith, Director
Child Development Lab | 931-372-6262 |  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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The Child Development Laboratory strongly believes that the young child learns best through direct experiences with his/her world and interaction with other children and supportive adults.

CDL Program Goals