The University operates the Priscilla Pond Flawn Child and Family Laboratory as both a laboratory of Human Development and a center for research related to children. Because one of the primary purposes of the Laboratory program is to support research, parents are expected to participate in research projects and to encourage their children to cooperate in research activities which involve them.
Research contributes to the Laboratory in many ways. Knowledge about children learned through research is shared with the teachers to assist them in planning activities to meet the children’s needs. Teachers benefit from contact and discussion with faculty members and graduate students conducting research in the Laboratory. Children benefit from individual experiences with a stimulating person and participating in the learning activities which comprise many research projects.

Faculty and students affiliated with the university are able to make requests for research opportunities. Requests are reviewed by faculty in HDFS, and are supervised by the Director and faculty of the PPFCFL.  Each request is accepted or rejected on the basis of its contribution to the field of child development and family relationships, quality of the research, and its impact on the total program. At all times the needs of the children are our first priority.

What our Alumni are Saying...

"I cannot say enough positive things about the lab school at UT! I worked as a graduate student teaching assistant for 3 years at the lab school and learned so much about how to best work with children in a preschool setting. The Master teachers are so dedicated, knowledgeable, and committed to the children at the lab school."
Melissa Curran, Former HDFS Practicum Student,
Associate Professor of Family Sciences and Human Development at the University of Arizona