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Recent CFS Faculty Books
International Perspectives on Children's Play

International Perspetives on Children's Play
Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., Reilly Professor of Child & Family Studies, Director of Reilly institute

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Best for Babies

Best for Babies
Alice Honig, Ph.D., Professor Emerita

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Immigrant Families

Immigrant Families
Robert Moreno, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Dept. Chair

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Approaches to Early Childhood Education

Issues and Perspectives in Early Childhood Development and Education in Caribbean Countries
Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., Reilly Professor of Child & Family Studies, Director of Reilly institute

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Approaches to Early Childhood Education

Approaches to Early Childhood Education (6th Ed.)
Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., Reilly Professor of Child & Family Studies, Director of Reilly institute

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Department of Child and Family Studies

Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies

Child and Family Studies offers bachelor of science (B.S.), master of arts (M.A.), master of science (M.S.), and doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degrees in child and family studies. Students gain a broad knowledge of issues affecting child development and the family unit preparing to work closely with children and families in diverse settings.

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Syracuse University - Penn State - Bloomsburg University 6th Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Development and Early Education

April 11, 2015 at Mt. Nittany Elementary School

The 6th Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Early Childhood Development, and Education is sponsored by The Pennsylvania Association for The Education of Young Children, The Northwest Regional KEY, NIttany Kiwanis, The Jack Reilly Institute, Syracuse University & The College of Education and Penn State University. This year's sessions include "Open-Ended Play" by Dr. Michael Patte of Bloomsburg University, "Family Play in Diverse Cultures" by Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine of Syracuse University with Dr. Mine Gol-Guven of Bogazici University, "Trust in Play" by Dr. Belma Tugrul of Penn State University followed by a Panel Discussion Lead by Dr. James Johnson of Penn State University. For more information, contact Wendy Whitesell at

Music students with BMW child

Music Education Majors, BMW Preschoolers Create Music and More

“Early experiences with music provide the foundation upon which future music learning and appreciation are built,” says Daria Webber, director of the Bernice M. Wright (BMW) Child Development Laboratory School in Falk College’s Department of Child & Family Studies. An ongoing creative collaboration involving BMW teachers and music education faculty members in the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ (VPA) Rose, Jules R. and Stanford S. Setnor School of Music, in conjunction with Syracuse University’s School of Education, recently connected college-aged and preschool students for a unique and valuable learning experience.

Students at OttoTHON dance marathon

CFS students help raise $84,013 for Golisano Children's Hospital

Falk College child and family studies students took part in the OttoTHON dance marathon on the Syracuse University campus Saturday, February 28. A CFS student in the Child Life Specialist track, Lucero Andujar, was a key organizer for this event [she serves on the Executive Board].

Ernesto Rodriguez, age 5, plays games on an iPad as he is prepared for surgery at Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago. His mother, Pearl Cervantes (at left), accompanied him and doctors into the operating room after Ernesto became distressed about being separated from his parents. Photo: Greg Ruffing/WiredPhoto: Greg Ruffing/Wired

Utilizing Technology to Enhance Child Life Practice

March is the professional recognition month for Child Life Specialists. The Department of Child and Family Studies is hosting a lunch lecture with Lou Riccio titled "Utilizing Technology to Enhance Child Life Practice" on Wednesday, March 18th at 11:30 am in Room 111, Peck Hall Room, 601 E Genesee St, Syracuse, NY.

Ellie Prather

Internship reinforces the importance of advocacy

Ellie Prather ’15, a child and family studies major and health and wellness minor, was selected for and completed the Boston University Summer Study Internship Program in the Public Health and Social Policy Track. In addition to earning college credits, the experience guided her internship at Medically Induced Trauma Support Services, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting patients, families and clinicians who have been involved in medical error.

Kamala Ramadoss

Dr. Ramadoss Presents on Work-Family Interface in India

With a research focus that includes the workplace and how it affects employees and their families, assistant professor of child and family studies, Kamala Ramadoss, Ph.D., was a featured presenter during the South Asia Center’s Spring Speaker Series earlier this semester where she presented, “Work-family Interface in India.”

View of house in Impendle South Africa

Exploring community health, social policy

During the Spring of her junior year, CFS senior, Abigail Aaron studied abroad in Durban, South Africa, located on the western coast. The program she was enrolled in was entitled, Community Health and Social Policy. Her courses explored healthcare delivery including the practice, prevention and promotion of healthcare, as well as the role that the media plays on influencing the wide range of health topics in South Africa.

Jaipaul Roopnarine and Kimberly Davidson

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awards $25,000 grant to Kimberly Davidson, Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine

CFS doctoral student, Kimberly Davidson, working with Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., the Jack Reilly Endowed Professor of Child and Family Studies and director of the Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education, have received a $25,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Head Start Research Scholars. Their research project will explore how children learn about race and ethnicity and the roles that home environment, the neighborhood where they live and the child care programs they attend play in their racial and ethnic socialization.

Children sitting on a lawn talking and playing

Rachel Razza, Kimberly Raymond co-author chapter for International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking & Understanding

CFS assistant professor, Rachel Razza, and CFS doctoral student, Kimberly Raymond, have co-written a chapter in the Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking and Understanding. The chapter is entitled, Executive Function and School Readiness: Identifying Multiple Pathways for School Success. The Routledge International Handbook of Young Children’s Thinking and Understanding provides a contemporary and authoritative reference text on young children’s thinking. It brings together the expertise of influential, international authors from a variety of disciplines who share a high public profile for their specific developments in the theories of children’s thinking, learning and understanding. Supported throughout with relevant research and case studies, this handbook is an international insight into the many ways there are to understand children and childhood paired with the knowledge that young children have a strong, vital, and creative ability to think and to understand, and to create and contend with the world around them.

Elif Dede Yildirim and Jaipaul Roopnarine

U.S. Department of Health & Human Services awards Elif Dede Yildirim, Jaipaul Roopnarine $100,000 grant to investigate relationships between child development outcomes and paternal engagement

Child and family studies Ph.D. student, Elif Dede Yildirim, working with Jaipaul Roopnarine, Ph.D., the Jack Reilly Endowed Professor of Child and Family Studies, has received a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. The research project, "Paternal Factors and Childhood Outcomes: The Mediating Role of Relationship Quality and Support Networks," offers great promise for state and local agencies that focus on preventing developmental risks to children that are attributed to challenging home and neighborhood environments.

Ambika Krishnakumar Photo

Study Identifies Key Components for Prevention, Intervention Programs for Adolescent Smoking in China

Falk College professors, Ambika Krishnakumar (Child and Family Studies) and Lutchmie Narine (Public Health) authored “Parenting practices and adolescent smoking in mainland China: The mediating effect of smoking-related cognitions,” which appeared in the August 2014 edition of the Journal of Adolescence. In collaboration with Dr. Yan Wang, Drs. Krishnakumar and Narine examined the direct and indirect associations of general and smoking-specific parenting practices with Chinese adolescents' smoking behaviors. Results suggest that parenting practices and smoking-related cognitions are critical components to be incorporated in prevention and intervention programs for adolescent smoking in China.

Students Meet UNICEF's Caryl Stern

CFS students explore the benefits of sport for human development with UNICEF president Caryl Stern

For students in the Department of Child and Family Studies’ course, Sport and Human Development, a recent interactive class discussion focused on the power of sport in UNICEF’s day-to-day work with children and communities around the world. Dr. Terry MacDonald created and teaches the course, which examines the role sports play in positive and healthy youth development. During the Fall semester, she invited Caryl M. Stern, president and CEO of the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, and Matt Meyerson, UNICEF senior director for sport partnerships, to meet with her students.

Robert Moreno

Welcome to the Department of Child & Family Studies

Robert Moreno serves as the department chair of Child and Family Studies

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College Events

Apply to be a Peer Advisor Today!

Application Deadline: Monday, March 30th
Time: 5:00 pm

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How Ukrainian Social & Public Health Interventions are Adapting to War-related Environment: Challenges & Opportunities

Research Center Brown Bag featuring Yuliya Chorna & Iuliia Pylypas of the International HIV/AIDS & TB Institute

Date: Tuesday, March 31
Time: 12:30-2:00pm
Location: 101 White Hall

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Photo Voice Research Methodology

Research Center Brown Bag featuring Sandy Lane and Mary Ann Middlemiss

Date: Friday, April 3, 2015
Time: 12:00-1:30pm
Location: 312 Lyman Hall

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Lecture with Sports Nutritionist, Sarah Wick

An evening lecture on sports nutrition and how it affects performance

Date: Wednesday, April 8th
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Life Sciences Bld, Room 011

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6th Annual PLAY Mini-Conference

"Family Play in Diverse Cultures" presented by Jaipaul Roopnarine

Date: Saturday, April 11th
Time: 9:30am-12:00pm
Location: Mt. Nittany Elementary School

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Food Chains: The Revolution in America's Fields

Join us for an award winning film showing and discussion

Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: Falk Complex Room 104

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Sports and the Pursuit of Healthiness

Symposium focusing on the historical reasoning for the development of sports, concerns for the health of athletes, changes that reduced health risks and the impact of health concerns on sports participation.

Date: Friday, April 24th
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Grant Auditorium

Falk College Community Meet-and-Greet with Dean Murphy

Dean Murphy is interested in hearing your ideas about student needs in our new building. A date will be scheduled after Spring Break.

Date/Time: TBD
Location: Falk Complex Student Lounge, Room 216

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