Gary Novak, Ph.D., Founding Dean
Margaret Hodge,Ed.D., Chair, Department of Nursing
William Potter, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Psychology and Program Director, Graduate program in Psychology
Margaret Tynan, Ph.D., Chair, Department of Social Work
Rita Asher, Ph.D., Program Director, Child Development
Jennifer Esterly, Ph.D., Director, Child Development Center
Office: Vasché Library — L165
Phone: (209) 667-3155
Departments in the College of Human and Health Sciences:
Department of Nursing
Department of Psychology
Department of Social Work*
*Refer to the Graduate catalog
In Spring 2006, California State University, Stanislaus created the College of Human and Health Sciences, composed of the departments of Nursing, Psychology, and Social Work. The College of Human and Health Sciences teaches students the basic and applied scientific principles of their chosen disciplines, preparing them to provide health and/or human services to individuals, families, groups and communities. CHHS endeavors to produce graduates who demonstrate the highest ethical standards in both research and practice and who exhibit sensitivity, altruism, autonomy, integrity, social justice, and competence in their practice with economically and culturally diverse populations.
Programs are listed alphabetically within the department that houses them. When a program is housed within the college but not assigned to a specific department, it is listed first.
Child Development Center
Jennifer Esterly, Ph.D., Director
Christina Wallace, B.A., Assistant Director
Office: Educational Services Building
Phone: (209) 667-3036
The Child Development Center is a laboratory preschool and infant toddler center where University students, young children, and their parents are empowered to construct knowledge about the world.
The California State University, Stanislaus Child Development Center (CDC) is an instructional facility established to teach university students about child development—theory and applications, program design and evaluation, and research. Students from varied disciplines such as child development, communication studies, education, music, and psychology participate at the CDC each semester. By participating in laboratory courses, students learn to observe children and record their behaviors, assess children’s development, plan and evaluate developmentally appropriate activities, and design and implement research projects.
The CDC offers 15 paid internships to CSU Stanislaus students. Interns also earn academic credit each semester. CSU Stanislaus has the only child development laboratory in the CSU that employs students as head teachers, instructional aides, and administrators. As students complete coursework and gain experience, they compete for increasingly challenging positions. Interns at the CDC gain experience teaching young children, supervising college students, and sharing administrative duties. All college student participation at the Child Development Center is coordinated with university courses to provide supervised practicum experiences.
Fieldwork, laboratory and salaried experiences at the Child Development Center are applicable for California Child Development Permits and meet California Department of Social Services Community Child Care Division licensing requirements. For additional information regarding the internship program, fieldwork, laboratory, and service learning opportunities, contact Dr. Jennifer Esterly, Director. For information about child enrollment in the infant/toddler or preschool programs, contact Christina Wallace, Assistant Director.