Bringing the science of development to life

Making a difference, one discovery at a time

We know this: early experiences matter. For more than 90 years, our faculty and students have been working together to increase knowledge about human development. But our work doesn’t stop there. At the Institute of Child Development (ICD), we’re also dedicated to solving real-world challenges that affect people at every stage of life. We prepare our students to bring science-based solutions to classrooms, communities, and families.

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We're driven to close the opportunity gap

ICD Regents Professor Megan Gunnar, PhD, is dedicated to understanding the complex set of experiences that allow a child to thrive.

Read about how we’re promoting healthy development for all children

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Child Development Laboratory School

We're home to one of the longest-running laboratory schools in the nation. Are you an aspiring early childhood educator? Train right on campus. See yourself as a future researcher? Work with the Lab School to bring your study to life.

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The new Carmen D. and James R. Campbell Hall - home to the Institute of Child Development.

Introducing Campbell Hall

The Institute of Child Development's new home is an investment in the future. The completed Carmen D. and James R. Campbell Hall ushers in a new era for ICD's hallmark programs—research and teaching on the science of human development and early childhood education.

Learn more about our new building in the latest issue of Connect magazine.