Department of Human Development and Family Science

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Our department publishes cutting-edge research and trains students to work with individuals of all ages. We focus on child and adolescent development, adult development and aging, family studies, marriage and family therapy, and disabilities studies.


Grace Croitoru (right), a senior majoring in human development at Virginia Tech, works with a preschooler at the Child Development Center for Learning and Research.

Child Development Center Receives High Marks

Every weekday morning, children and families arrive at the Virginia Tech Child Development Center for Learning and Research. The center’s deep colors, soft lighting, natural materials, and cozy, child-sized furniture provide a welcoming environment for hours of play-based learning opportunities.

This carefully crafted ambiance goes hand-in-hand with the center’s latest accomplishment. The National Association for the Education of Young Children awarded the school a new, five-year term of accreditation, after the successful completion of the rigorous renewal process. View more Human Development and Family Science stories.

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