Student Resources

Learn about student resources available to students in the Department of Child and Family Development.

Find helpful resources:

Undergraduates: If you are new to campus, or need help from a professor, help with math or writing, or EOP tutoring, please see the College of Education Student Resources page.

CFD undergraduate majors can receive academic assistance from the Learning Resource Center.

Advising is available to all students.

Current undergraduate advising:

  • Direct all questions or clarification of General Education (G.E.) requirements to the SDSU Undergraduate Advising Center on campus located in the Student Services West Building (map), room 1551, (619-594-6668).
  • Direct all questions about the Child Development major to our Undergraduate Advisor, Professor Pamela Gardner. She is located in room 259 of the Education and Business Administration Building (map) and sees students on a walk-in basis. Her office hours are posted on her voice mail (619-594-7035) and on her office door. She can also be reached via email, [email protected].

Graduate advising: 

M.S. Child and Family Development Advisor
Alyson Shapiro
M.S. Child and Family Development with a concentration in early childhood mental health advisor
Lisa Linder
Early Childhood-Transdisciplinary Education and Mental Health advisor
Dan Bacon

Welcome to the Child & Family Development Alumni Chapter!

Our Mission:

  • Support fellow professionals through mentoring, networking and philanthropic endeavors
  • Enhance professional connections and growth opportunities
  • Nurture collaborations focused on the betterment of the community

Executive Board:

President: Julie-Anne Brou

VP of Planning/Outreach: Marlene Fuentes

VP of Finance: Isabel Richter

VP of Communication: Cara Douglas

VP of Professional Programming: Kimberly Wong

VP Liaison with CFDSO: Claudia Tapia

Department Liaison: Dr. Sarah Garrity

Students in the Department of Child and Family Development are required to be familiar with the research process and APA (American Psychological Association) writing style.  Learn more.

Blackboard is a virtual learning environment. Its main purposes are to add online elements to courses traditionally delivered face-to-face and to develop completely online courses with few or no face-to-face meetings.  It allows students to contact their instructor, receive and submit assignments, participate in discussion groups, and much more.

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Link to:

Note: If you are new to SDSU, you must enter the SDSU WebPortal and reset your WebPortal Password before entering Blackboard.

Learn about SDSU's Child and Family Development Student Organization (CFDSO) and link to information about other clubs and organizations.

Also see CFD Alumni Chapter information, above.

Link to financial aid and scholarship information for students in the College of Education.

The campus scholarship application deadline each year is usually in early February. This means that you need to begin thinking about reviewing resources, picking up the forms, obtaining needed transcripts, and writing your essay or other required material around January of each year.

Thair Milne and Georgia Tait Stooke Scholarships

The Child and Family Development Department has a limited amount of Scholarship and Award funds available through 2 separate scholarship accounts. These are the Thair Milne and Georgia Tait Stooke Scholarship awards. Applicants for these 2 scholarships complete the regular SDSU scholarship application form, and it will be forwarded through to the department for review. 

Learn about fingerprinting and background check requirements for undergraduate students in the Department of Child and Family Development.
 Learn about Global Cultural Experience international study opportunities.  
Read about the Learning Resource Center for CFD majors, providing academic help and one-on-one mentoring, self-care and stress management, computers and printer, and much more!
Learn about the  Reflective Learning Portfolio, a requirement for CFD students entering upper-division courses. The link above also has information about Taskstream, the software you will need to create your eportfolio.

If you are a student with young children, the SDSU Children's Center can provide your children with loving care in an educational program while you are in class. All parents who are attending college and those working need resources. Don't add to your worries by wondering who will take care of your children while you are in school or at work.

The SDSU Children's Center, located on the campus grounds offers excellent child care and preschool programs for the children of SDSU students, faculty, staff, and community. The Center is licensed by the California Department of Social Services and staffed by certified child development specialists who will give your children lots of attention and tender loving care.

Your children will be free to learn, explore and have fun in a loving and relaxed atmosphere, so you can be free to focus on your classes and your work.

The Center is open year round and follows the university calendar for closures.

Separate Classrooms for children of different ages:

  • Infant (6 months to 18 months)
  • Toddler (18 months to 28 months)
  • Preschool (2 years to 6 years)

Features and benefits

  • Fees Determined by Family Size and Income
  • Sliding Scales and Grant Programs Available
  • Snacks, Meals and Diapers Included
  • Certified and Caring Staff
  • Part-time and Full-time Programs Available
  • Convenient Entrance for Drop-off and Pick-up
  • Parent Involvement is an Intregal Part of the Center
  • Great indoor and outdoor play areas
  • Located across College Ave to the East between Parking Structure 1 and 6
  • See the website at for rates and more information.

CFD Service Learning Agreement Master List (Updated January 2019)

The attached Master List contains all existing Service Learning Agreements between CFD/College of Education/SDSU and the community partners. The list is regularly updated to reflect changes. Faculty members are encouraged to place students in these organizations for off-campus field experiences.

View the SLA Master List for this month