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Child Development and Family Science Practicum Opportunities

All students majoring in a Child Development and Family Science program will engage in a multi-quarter practicum experience, for a total of at least 360 hours. Students will enroll in CDFS 492/592: Child Development and Famliy Science Practicum for a total of 12 credits. While enrolled in practicum, students will intern at an organization that serves children or families at which they can apply what they have learned in the classroom to practice.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the practicum expereince, students will be able to:

  • Practice skills in communication and interaction with children and/or families as they directly interact with children and/families at their practicum site.
  • Demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior in a work environment.
  • Apply skills they have developed in Child Development and Family Science courses at their practicum site.
  • Demonstrate a working knowledge of community resources, agencies, and organizations.
  • Evaluate their progress toward goals and professional development in their practicum experience.
  • Analyze experiences at their practicum site and design programs or interventions to address unmet needs at their site.

Practicum Sites

Once enrolled in the practicum course, students will have access to a database of pracitcum sites with detailed descriptions and contact information. Students will then work with the practicum instructor to determine an appropriate site given students' individual career goals. Students may choose to work with the instructor to establish a partnership with a new organization, or they may complete their practicum at one of our established sites. In the past five years, students have been placed at the following sites:

7 Cups
Abused Deaf Women's Advocacy Services
Afterschool Homework Club
Afterschool Safe Place
Ages In Stages Child Care
Albertina Kerr Centers
Aspen Victim Services
Auburn Valley YMCA
Bonney Lake Kids Country
Bouncing Ball Daycare
Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County
Bright Foundations Early Learning Center
Bright Horizons
Cadence Academy Preschool
Camp Anuenue
Camp C-WOO
Camp Chmepa - Hospice of Spokane
Camp Korey 
Camp Side by Side
Camp to Belong
Cannon Beach Conference Center
CareNet Education Project (STATIC Club)
CASA for Kittitas County
CDI Head Start Serving Kittitas County 
Chestnut Preschool and Daycare
Child Life Connection
Children's Hospital Colorado 
Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters
Children's Mercy Hospital
Children's of Alabama 
Children's Village Montessori
Children's Village Yakima
Christ's Kitchen
Clever Keiki Kawai'i
College Assistance Migrant Program
Columbia Burbank ECEAP Preschool
Comprehensive Health (Two Rivers Landing)
Conscious Crew
Corporate Kids Events
Creative Kids Learning Center
CWU Family Resource Center
CWU Wellness Center
CYO Camp Howard
Dare to Dream Academy
Department of Children, Youth and Families
Dragonfly Daycare
Dry Creek
Early Childhood Learning Center Brooklane
Early Childhood Learning Center Rainbow Center
Eastside Baptist Church
Ellensburg Developmental Preschool
Ellensburg Youth Running Club
Extended Enrichment Program (EEP)
F.I.S.H. Food Bank 
Family Healthcare of Ellensburg
Forward in Grief
Fred Meyer Playland
Gymboree Play & Music
Habitat for Humanity
Happy Feet Academy LLC
Hou Kong Primary School 
HSHS St. Vincent Children's Hospital 
I Know I Can Preschool
I Know I Can Preschool
Imagination Station Early Learning Program 
John Campbell Primary School
Just Like Home Daycare Center
Kadlec Regional Medical Center
Kapi-olani Medical Center 
Kenzie's Kinder Kare
Kittitas County Early Learning Coalition
Kittitas Interactive Management
Kittitas School at Parke Creek
Kittitas Secondary School 
Kittitas Valley Hospital - Child Birthing and Sibling Preparation 
La Petite Academy 
Law Offices of Tresa A. Sadler, PLLC
Lazy F Camp (Deaf and Hard of Hearing Camp)
Little Helping Hands Child Care LLC
Lord Chamberlain Nursing and Rehabilitation 
Maple Valley Food Bank 
Marshall Community Center - Teen Camp
Mary Bridge Children's Hospital
MeBe Family
Mercer Creek Church After-School Program
Mercer Creek Kids
Mill Creek Family YMCA
Mobius Children's Museum 
Morgan Middle School
Moses Lake Boys and Girls Club
Mt. Stuart Elementary 
N The Kutt Dance Studio
Nelson Mandela Children's Hospital
North Andover High School
Northshore YMCA
Parke Creek Community Facility
Pathways Children's Services
Pegasus Project
People for People
Project Sunshine Teleplay 
Rady Children's Hospital
Randall's Children's Hospital
Red Cross War Memorial Children's Hospital 
Ridgeview Community Facility
Ron Britt & Associates
Rosewood Memory Care
Sacred Heart Children's Hospital
Seattle Children's Hospital
Si View Metro Parks
Spence and Becky Wilson Baptist Children's Hospital
Spirit Therapeutic Riding Center
St. Josepth Catholic Preschool
Stan Basset Youth Center
Stanley Stamm Summer Camp
Summer Learning Program 
Tacoma Rescue Mission
The Bristol-Myers Squibb Children's Hospital at Robert Wood Johnson University Hopsital
The Children's Hospital of San Antonio
The Hole in the Wall Gang Camp
The Painted Turtle Camp
The Pike Market Child Care and Preschool
The Trellis Center
Tutor Time
UC San Diego Medical Center
VIP Adult Family Home
Washington Alliance for Better Schools - 21st Century
Washington Elementary CLC
WIC - Yakima Valley Fam Workers Clinic
Yakima YMCA Jewett Child Development Center
YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities
Youth Services Mentoring Program of Kittitas County


Students must have declared a Child Development and Family Science major or be enrolled in the graduate program to participate in a practicum. For more information about declaring a major or applying for the graduate program, contact Dr. Amy Claridge.

Students must have active professional liability insurance while enrolled in the practicum course, purchased through CWU Business Services.

Students will establish a learning agreement with their site prior to beginning any internship activities. The learning agreement will be provided once enrolled in the course.

Contact Information

For more information about the practicum experience, contact Professor Katy Tenhulzen.

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