An important purpose of the center is to promote research on young children, families, and teachers. University faculty from a variety of departments conduct studies that contribute important information to the field of early childhood education. Since much of this research is applied, teachers and parents gain practical information about young children from findings of these studies.
The center is a state-of-the-art research facility, with three mounted cameras, 6 wall mics, and a faculty-invented “frog vest” with an embedded microphone, in each classroom. Researchers can record, store, and edit video from a remote site, so children and teachers are not disturbed by the coming and going of investigators. All research studies are carefully screened so that all children and families are always protected. Faculty who wish to conduct research at the center should contact Jamie Klein, the director of the CFDRC.