Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing

Child and Family Studies Center


The Child and Family Studies Center has a long and proud history as a laboratory school and is accredited by National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  Since our inception, the CFS Center has provided opportunities for the observation of children, practice teaching, and research by college faculty and students.  We have been serving the CSUN community and families since 1967 as an instructional unit of the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences (formerly Home Economics Department and Family Environmental Sciences.) 


  • An active preschool learning approach, based on developmentally appropriate inclusive practices that encourage children ages 3-5 to explore and interact with their environment
  • A partnership with the CHIME Institute to include children with special needs
  • Instruction and training for university students to work effectively with young children and their families
  • University student and faculty observation and research opportunities
  • We nurture the whole child by recognizing and valuing the primary role of the family in a child’s life