Child Development & Family Relations
       Student Organizations
CDFR student organizations provide support for professional development of students, including guest speakers, scholarships, research, conferences, and community services. Activities of the organizations are also intended to provide opportunities for social networking and developing peer support among students who are majoring in the field. If you are interested in joining, please complete our application and forward to the organization's faculty advisor.
East Carolina Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (ECAFCS)
ECAFCS is a student affiliate organization of the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS). To qualify for student membership, you must be enrolled in Family and Consumer Sciences Education or a related program. AAFCS is the only national organization representing family and consumer sciences professionals across practice areas and content specializations. Our members provide guidance and practical knowledge about the things of everyday life, including human growth and development, personal behavior, housing and environment, food and nutrition, apparel and textiles, and resource management, so that students and consumers can make sound decisions and enjoy a healthy, productive and more fulfilling life. For more information, contact Dr. Cheryl A. Johnson at


Child Life Student Association  
The ECU chapter of the Child Life Student Association brings together both undergraduate and graduate students who major or specialize on child life professions. Students participate in professional development through interaction with guest speakers, visiting selected hospital child life programs, volunteering in healthcare settings, and providing community outreach activities such as educating high school students about the child life profession.

If you are interested in joining the Child Life organization, please take time to complete the application and forward to Dr. Priti Desai at
East Carolina University Council on Family Relations  
East Carolina University-Council on Family Relations is a student affiliate organization of the National Council on Family Relations. Students meet at regularly scheduled intervals throughout the academic year. All students are welcome to join the ECU-CFR regardless of major. The National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) provides a forum for family researchers, educators, and practitioners to share in the development and dissemination of knowledge about families and family relationships; establishes professional standards; and works to promote family well-being. Student memberships in NCFR are open to full-time students. More information about NCFR can be found at or applications can be obtained in the CDFR department office. Contact Bryce Jorgensen at or Eboni Baugh at


ECU Early Childhood Student Organization  

ECSO is a pre-professional, registered student organization on East Carolina’s Main Campus under the Child Development and Family Relations department. This organization serves students majoring in Birth through Kindergarten, Child Life, and Family Community Services. Our goal is to educate students about a variety of Early Childhood related Fields through community outreach, volunteer experiences, and university collaborations.  We aim to increase student involvement and prepare students for their respective career goals.

 Why Join ECSO?

  • Gain early childhood field experience
  • Bridge the gap between BK, Child Life, and FCS cohorts
  • Meet other students in your field
  • Enhance your resume and portfolio
  • Network with community partnerships


To become an active member of ECSO you must meet the following requirements each semester:

  • Attend at 3 meetings
  • Participate in at least 1 community outreach event
  • Pay an annual membership fee of $10

For more information, contact Julie Fowler ( or Crystal Sanders (


Medical/Marriage and Family Therapy Student Association (MFTSA)  

The Marriage and Family Therapy Student Association provides a forum for students enrolled in Marriage and Family Therapy or Medical Family Therapy programs to develop a professional identity as a Marriage and Family Therapist or a Medical Family Therapist. Students participating the MFTSA are exposed to a wide range of activities that deepen their understanding of the field at the local, state, and national level. The MFTSA is governed by student officers, elected by students, at the beginning of every year. A faculty member serves as a liaison to the organization. The association requests a $10 contribution per semester for membership dues.

Some benefits membership include:
• Interaction with MFT students and faculty
• Participation in research and service activities
• Leadership opportunities in the program and community
• Participation in activities and experiences that unify students.

For more information please contact Dr. Damon Rappleyea,
Please feel free to contact us at: or 252-328-6908.


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