UNH Child Study and Development Center (CSDC)
VISITOR, RESEARCHER and STUDENT ORIENTATION
The CSDC was established in 1929 as a demonstration teaching site for UNH students with the current facility opened in 1988. The center serves 122 children, aged 6 weeks to 6 years in 6 full-time classrooms and 3 part-time programs, including a full-day kindergarten program. Each year CSDC welcomes researchers, 100 interns, around 300 educators and other visitors, and 600 student observers who are completing class assignments from a variety of disciplines including psychology, education, nursing, communication sciences and disorders, nutrition, and occupational therapy. The CSDC is nationally accredited by NAEYC, licensed by the state of NH and known for its inquiry approach to early education. There are 20 full-time highly qualified staff and about 35 UNH students employed part-time as Teaching Assistants each semester.
Observations, Research and Educational Tours:
- All research, tours, and observations must be approved in advance by the CSDC Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Typically the UNH class instructor sends an initial email request with the details regarding the nature of the assignment and desired age-group, class number and name, number of students, and timing. If students are seeking permission separately they must include their instructor in the c.c. line of the email for verification.
- The UNH IRB process requires that the Executive Director provide written approval directly for any research study involving human subjects. We encourage projects faculty and student research, including the piloting of research methods. The researcher should email the complete IRB proposal to email@example.com. Approval is dependent on available spaces, for data collection, the number of other projects in process, and alignment with CSDC mission.
- Once approval is granted, class sign-up sheets/roster, informed consent forms and introductory letter (if required) are supplied by the instructor by email or fax to the CSDC Administrative Assistant.
- If you need to collect informed consent forms from parents/guardians, please provide a minimum of 10 working days from when we receive the forms before data collection can proceed.
- Students should always check with their class instructor regarding any project information or changes; please do not call the center.
- CSDC has a security system so be prepared that on your arrival you will need to call the main office at 862-2835 in order to be let into the building. You will then sign-in at the front office (first door on the left) in the binder under your specific class tab or research project. If this is your first visit the Administrative Assistant will take you to an observation booth or classroom. In order to gain access to the observation booth you must have a photo ID on hand to exchange for an access card. Visitors use the visitor sign-in book.
- If you have been approved to observe or collect data inside a classroom you will need to wear a “visitor” name tag and may be asked to show a picture I.D.
- Observation booths are not one-way mirrors; you will need to be quiet, don’t engage the children, and do not turn on the light. Some booths have blinds, you may adjust the blinds to improve your view but please do not draw them.
- You will find photos of each child, along with age and first name in the booth for your use; there is also an internship book in each booth with information about the classroom.
- Rooms have schedules but we can’t guarantee what children will be doing and where or whether a particular group will be at the center when you arrive: the center has children as first priority. You can call 862-2835 to check if there are any scheduled events. Please be prepared to be patient and flexible.
- Any written observations should include only date of birth and first name or initials; no other identifying information should be included.
- Please do not talk about your observations outside of the specific class or project you are completing.
- No photographs that include children’s faces are permitted unless prior permission is granted.
- Other than observational data, only documentation specified in your informed consent is permitted.
How to get here:
Via UNH Shuttle:
- Board any UNH shuttle marked "Mast Road Connector"
- Please inform the driver to stop at the CSDC. However, we are a schedule/normal stop
- Usual wait time to return to campus is about 15 minutes. Please refer to Wildcat Transit’s GPS or NextBus to see when a shuttle will next be arriving at the CSDC.
Via own transportation from Campus:
- Take Main Street heading west past Whittemore Center
- Take the second exit (as if you were going straight) off the roundabout.
- Turn right onto Mast Road Extension
- Take next left onto Spinney Road and stay left (follow signs to CSDC).
- You will see our large red building to adjacent to the large field and our sign; CSDC is to the right of the cow barns.
- Student parking is available on the far right edge of Spinney Lane, the road approaching the center (before you get to our sign). Any car on the opposite side will be ticketed.
- There is no parking on the grass anywhere, on either side of the road in front of O'Kane Farm House. The parking lot behind the above CSDC is for faculty/staff with permits.
- Please leave the parking directly in front of the center for parents and visitors.
- It is illegal to make a U-turn when leaving a parking space along the main driveway and to cross the solid yellow line to park along the main driveway.
Thank you for helping inform all your students of our policies!