Child Development & Family Studies

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The Child Development & Family Studies Program was developed and approved to prepare students with entry level professional competence in one of the several human service fields. This is the only program of its kind in this region.


Dr. Sherry Bachus
Associate Professor/Acting Chair/Director, Child Development & Family Studies
Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 326

Dr. Diane Bordenave
Associate Professor/Assessment Coordinator
Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 325A

Ms. Celina Carson
Assistant Professor of Health, Nutrition and Physical Education
Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 327

Dr. Pamela E. Wanga
Professor/AAFCS Coordinator
Emmett Bashful/Kellogg's Endowed Professor of Education
Lake Campus Multipurpose Complex, Room 318


The goals and objectives are aligned with SUNO’s Strategic Plan Goals to: 1) Improve opportunities for student access and success. 2) Improve operational and academic accountability across all units. 3) Improve the University’s technological and physical plant infrastructure and associated resources.


The CDFS Program candidates graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Child Development and Family Studies. As of Spring of 2015, a total of 63 students have graduated from the program since its inception in Fall 2007. Ten have reported completing their Master’s degrees in related fields.

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