The Nancy W. Darden Child Development Center (NDCDC) is an early childhood model training facility with a mission to provide high quality early education and care for young children ages 3 months to 5 years. This facility, located in the Rivers building, also supports the Department of Child Development and Family Relations (CDFR) by providing students majoring in Birth through Kindergarten Teacher Education, Family & Consumer Sciences Education, Family & Community Services, and Child Life with a developmentally appropriate environment for observations, practicums, and internships.
The NDCDC welcomes research and collaboration from all East Carolina University Departments. The NDCDC has two observation booths that hold up to 21 participants at one time. Each observation booth includes headphones and computers to support audio and visual viewing of all classrooms at one time. Research conducted in the NDCDC must be approved by the university’s Institutional Review Board and the NDCDC research committee. A cover application and the protocol for submitting a research proposal to the NDCDC research committee are available below. The NDCDC welcomes participants form 8am-5:30pm Monday-Friday year round. Please call NDCDC director, Julie Fowler, if you are interested in scheduling a tour or have questions about the center. Please call Dr. Natalia Sira, chair of the NDCDC research committee, if you have questions related to conducting research in the NDCDC. You can also check out the great article that is in the February/March 2013 issue of Exploration and Discovery http://www.research2.ecu.edu/Newsletter/XD_FebMarch13.pdf.