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Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development

 Organization

Dates

  • Existence: 1996

In 1996, the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Studies became the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development. The Department offers degree programs for undergraduates and graduate students who seek to enter the fields of education, behavioral science and human services. It also offers a doctoral program in Applied Developmental Science. In addition to providing students with experience in its laboratory school, curriculum lab, and other on-campus facilities, it places importance on the practice of field work with children in a wide range of settings. The department attracts researchers from around the world, while also maintaining a focus on serving families of young children in the greater Boston area.

In 1996, the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Studies became the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development. The department, already prominent in its field, grew between this date and the early 2010s in number of faculty members and lecturers, in courses offered, and in programs that serve students, researchers and families in the greater Boston area.

One landmark event that occurred during the period soon after the department's name change was the endowment of the Bergstrom Family Chair in Applied Developmental Science in 1997, which was described by Sol Gittleman in An Entrepreneurial University: The Transformation of Tufts 1976-2002 as "the nation's first professorship explicitly framed in ADS terms."

The department's facilities include the Eliot-Pearson Children's School, the Tufts Educational Day Care Center, and the Evelyn G. Pitcher Curriculum Lab. Students complement their course work with activities that take place in these facilities and, according to the course catalog for the academic year 2010-2011, with field work with children in a "wide range of applied settings, including schools, hospitals, clinics, day care centers, educational television studios, museums, and juvenile courts."

Undergraduates can choose either a major or a minor in Child Development. There are three Masters programs and a doctoral program in Applied Child Development. The catalog for 2000-2001 described ADS as "an emerging, interdisciplinary field that generates and uses theory and research about human development to improve the lives of children, youth, and families around the world." Students can follow a number of tracks throughout their education in Child Development, the three most common being preparation for a career in behavioral science, a career in human services, and a career in education. For those seeking the latter, the department offers a pre-K to 3 teacher certification program, and an elementary school teacher program in cooperation with the Department of Education. Another joint program is the M.A. in child and family policy, offered with the Department of Urban and Environmental Policy.

As of 2011, the department runs a number of research centers, institutes and special programs, including:Center for Applied Child Development Center for Reading and Language Research Child and Family WebGuide Developmental Technologies Research Group Healthy Families Evaluation Program Home-School Connection Program Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development. The International Adoption Project Tufts Adoption and Development Project

Information about these programs can be found on the department's website.

Every two years since 2001, the department, in partnership with the Communication and Media Studies Program, has presented the Eliot-Pearson Award for Excellence in Children's Media. These awards are nicknamed The Abbys, in honor of educator and co-founder Abigail Adams Eliot.

The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development's mission is "to contribute to a more just, caring and inclusive society."

Found in 23 Collections and/or Records:

Eliot-Pearson Alumnae Association Records

 Collection
Call Number: UA202
Scope and Contents: This collection is composed of account books, board meeting minutes, correspondence, publications, and special events which document the involvement and commitment of the Eliot-Pearson Alumni Association. Of particular interest are the materials related to the Seminar Day, an annual all day event sponsored by the Eliot-Pearson Alumnae Association. This event, started in 1975 and running till 1990, featured seminars and workshops on numerous subjects of important interest to parents and teachers...
Dates: bulk 1960, 1930 -- 1990

Eliot-Pearson Children's School Records

 Collection
Call Number: UA080
Scope and Contents: This collection contains materials related to the Eliot-Pearson Children's School, including correspondence, financial records, publications, and films, photos, and slides. Significant topics in this collections include program activities for students as well as children's book illustrator Ed Young, whose work was the central topic of the 1999 Summer Institute.
Dates: 1972 -- 2005

Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development Records

 Collection
Call Number: UA009
Scope and Contents: This collection is composed of administrative material including annual reports, correspondence, meeting minutes of the Board of Managers and the faculty, financial reports, and office files which document the development of the school from its association with the Women's Education Association, through its self-governance, to its eventual merger with Tufts University. Also included in the collection are Child Development student records; syllabi and course listings; audiovisual materials...
Dates: 1879 -- 2015

Eliot Pearson News, Fall, 2004

 Item
Call Number: UP236.001.002.00002
Scope and Contents:

This series contains the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development News. It is an alumni publication, previously titled the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study News.

Dates: 2004

Eliot Pearson News, Fall, 2005

 Item
Call Number: UP236.001.002.00004
Scope and Contents:

This series contains the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development News. It is an alumni publication, previously titled the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study News.

Dates: 2005

Eliot Pearson News, Fall, 2006

 Item
Call Number: UP236.001.002.00006
Scope and Contents:

This series contains the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development News. It is an alumni publication, previously titled the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study News.

Dates: 2006

Eliot Pearson News, Fall, 2008

 Item
Call Number: UP236.001.002.00009
Scope and Contents:

This series contains the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Development News. It is an alumni publication, previously titled the Eliot Pearson Department of Child Study News.

Dates: 2008

Eliot Pearson News, Fall

 Digital Image
Dates: 2004

Eliot Pearson News, Fall

 Digital Image
Dates: 2005

Eliot Pearson News, Fall

 Digital Image
Dates: 2006