Recent CFS Faculty Books


Immigrant Families

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

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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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Rachel Razza Recognized With 2014 Syracuse University Teaching Award

Rachel Razza, Ph.D., assistant professor, Department of Child & Family Studies in the Falk College, was named a Syracuse University 2014 Teaching Recognition Award as part of the Laura J. and L. Douglas Meredith Professorship Program. This honor recognizes excellence in teaching innovation, effectiveness in communicating with students and the lasting value of courses. She will be honored at a ceremony on April 21. A member of the Falk College since 2007, the primary focus of Dr. Razza's scholarly work is children's self-regulation, a multifaceted construct that encompasses a variety of skills underlying children's ability to monitor cognitive strategies and adapt behavior to fit situational demands. Her work explores associations among different facets of self-regulation, contextual predictors of self-regulation, and implications of various self-regulatory skills for children’s school readiness and later school success. She is particularly interested in specifying these pathways among at-risk children, as these children are particularly at-risk for self-regulatory deficits.

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Now enrolling: Mindfulness in Children & Youth (CFS 400/600)

This Summer Session I course (May 19-June 27) will focus on the importance of mindfulness for children in overall development and examine school and community based interventions that target mindfulness as well as mindful parenting.

Attendees and Speakers of Trauma Conference

Now available online:

Videos from “A Community in Trauma” conference explore how grief, loss impact children and families in the Syracuse community and what to do when trauma becomes pervasive

A day-long conference exploring the epidemic of violence and the long-term wounds it inflicts on the children who grow up in its shadow in the Syracuse community was sponsored by the Falk College's Department of Child and Family Studies (CFS) in March. The event featured community experts who deal with violence and trauma. Each guest speaker offered different perspectives on related problems and solutions. Due to overwhelming interest from persons interested in the well-being of children, youth and families, including teachers, school administrators, counselors, criminal justice professionals, agency staff, advocates, volunteers, service providers, social workers, and health care professionals, the conference sessions are now available online for viewing using the links below.

CFS professor of practice, Colleen Baish Cameron, whose professional credentials include work as a Certified Child Life Specialist, worked closely with community leaders who are deeply involved with and committed to trauma response in our community, including: Terrence Byrd-El, assistant director, Syracuse Trauma Response Team and creator of the "Man to Man" self-development program for young men between the ages of 11-16, Kimber Gunn, who has been working in the youth development field for over twenty years and Arnett Haygood-El, Syracuse Model Neighborhood Facility Inc., Southwest Community, who has worked professionally for 15 years assisting low income, at-risk youth and their families to overcome the barriers of growing up in poverty. A graduate student at Syracuse University working on a master’s degree in Child and Family Health in a Global Community, his studies are focused on the effects of community violence on urban youth development. Falk faculty involved in the project also include CFS department chair and associate professor, Robert Moreno; assistant professor of public health, Dessa Bergen-Cico; associate professor of social work, Keith A. Alford; Mary Kish, internship coordinator, and; Sydnee Corridors, CFS student.

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Syracuse University - Penn State - Bloomsburg University 5th Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Development and Early Education

April 10-11, 2014 at Bloomsburg University

The 5th Annual Mini-Conference on Play, Early Childhood Development, and Education is sponsored by Bloomsburg University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and College of Education, The Pennsylvania State University, Department of Curriculum and Instruction and College of Education, and by the Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education, Department of Child and Family Studies, Falk College of Sport and Human Dynamics. The opening session will be held on April 11, 2013 at the College of Education, Bloomsburg University in Kehr Union, Multipurpose B, starting at 8:30 a.m. The first presentation begins at 9 a.m., and the conference concludes at noon. Direct inquiries to Professor Roopnarine at:

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CFS Alumna Honored for Advocacy, Commitment to Developing Child Care Professionals

In celebration of The Week of the Young Child April 6-12, Desalyn De-Souza, Ph.D., assistant professor, SUNY Empire State College, will be honored for her community service, advocacy for children’s education, and commitment to training child care professionals with the 2014 Altes Prize on April 8. A 2012 graduate of the Falk College’s Department of Child and Family Studies at Syracuse University, De-Souza dissertation was entitled, “Child Care Center Directors’ Perceptions of Continuity of Care: A Qualitative Investigation.” Her CFS advisor was Dr. Bruce Carter. The Altes Prize is named for retired, long-time vice president for academic affairs at SUNY Empire State College, Jane Altes, and is awarded annually to a member of the college faculty. De-Souza was awarded the Graduate School All University Doctoral Prize in 2012. This prize is awarded to students who have demonstrated originality, contribution to the field, creativity, methodology soundness, and quality of writing in their dissertation.

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Jack Reilly Institute's Community Workshop Series hosts "Childhood Safety & Wellbeing"

As part of its Community Workshop Series, the Jack Reilly Institute for Early Childhood and Provider Education hosted “Childhood Safety & Wellbeing,” on March 29. Speakers included Thomas R. Welch, M.D., professor and chair of pediatrics, and medical director, Upstate Golisano Children’s Hospital and Patricia Sofranko, professional development specialist, Child Care Solutions. Topics discussed include supervision and safety and the consequences of lacking outdoor activity on 21st century American children.

Sophia Hornick and Rachel Hannon at Upstate Golisano Children's Hospital

Looking for the ideal place for your child to learn and grow?

Openings are now available at the Bernice M. Wright Child Development Laboratory School (BMW Lab School). Our newly renovated South Campus facility houses four classrooms, large motor areas, therapy spaces, kitchen and specialized curriculum areas, such as an art studio, woodworking room and library. Classes are offered 9 a.m.-noon for toddlers and preschoolers. An extended-day program from either 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. is offered for preschoolers, only. The BMW Lab School offers five-, three- and two-day program options. Serving a diverse group of children and their families, the school is operated by SU’s Falk College, accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. For more information, or to schedule a tour of the school, contact: Bernice M. Wright Laboratory School, (315) 443-2471,

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Dr. Jaipaul Roopnarine named visiting professor at M.S. University of Baroda, India

Dr. Jaipaul L. Roopnarine was awarded a Nehru Distinguished Visiting Professorship at the Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda Gujarat, India, during the Spring 2014 semester. His appointment in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies recognizes his distinguished cross-cultural research and perspectives in Early Childhood Care and Education, fathering and family, according to department chair, Dr. Rajalakshmi Sriram.

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CFS Student Organizes Clothing Drive for High School Workshop

CFS senior Chyna Fox coordinated “Trying on Success,” an hour-long workshop for Fowler High School juniors and seniors to help them learn about appropriate business attire and dressing for success. As part of this program, she is collected new to gently used business professional garments and accessories (shirts, sweaters, ties, slacks, dresses) to use in the presentation.

Welcome to the Department of Child and Family Studies

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

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College Events

“Changing Sports, Changing Lives” Documentary World Premiere

Falk College tradition of sports research documentaries continues with new film focused on athletes with disabilities

Date: Mon. April 28
Time: 4:00 pm
Location: Watson Theater

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