UW Students

COVID-19 Update:

All in-person course projects and observations are suspended until further notice, per CDC recommendations:

ECE programs should limit nonessential visitors, volunteers, and activities involving external groups or organizations with people who are not fully vaccinated, particularly in areas when there is moderate-to-high COVID-19 community transmission.

We will have limited capacity for virtual observations. If you need an observation for your course please have your professor contact us.

Courses at the CDL

HDFS 662:
Advanced Study of the Young Child

Interested in research, but not sure how to get involved?
This 3-credit, hands-on experience will train students in how to do research with young children. Topics will include:
– the unique considerations of working with young children
– running observational and experimental studies
– using behavioral assessments in research
– determining your individual research interests
– preparing for graduate school

Instructor: Roxy Etta, CDL Teaching & Research Coordinator

Observations at the CDL

Scheduling an observation

If you are a student scheduling an observation for a course assignment, your instructor will send you a link to sign up for a slot online.

After you sign up for an observation slot, further instructions will be sent to you via email.

Arrival to the CDL

The CDL is located on the first floor of Nancy Nicholas Hall. CDL doors are locked at all times, ring the doorbell for entry.

Please do not bring drinks/food to the CDL, especially nuts.


Upon arrival to the CDL, you will be asked to wear an "Observer" name tag and sign in to our visitor log.

Observers will need to turn in a WiscID and phone prior to entering the observation booth.

Observation Policies

Observers must be escorted through the preschool by CDL staff.

Photos, videos, and audio recordings are strictly prohibited.

Remain as unobtrusive as possible with children, families, & staff.

Observational Research Graduate Students

Departure from the CDL

Be sure to sign out and retrieve your phone and WiscID before departing.

Under no circumstances will any documentation from an observation be posted online or shared in any way beyond the course assignment. Only use pseudonyms in assignments.

If you are a UW student seeking an opportunity to do a different course project with the CDL, please email us at cdlplacements@sohe.wisc.edu

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