The Edna A. Hill Child Development Center (CDC) is operated by the Department of Applied Behavioral Science (ABS) within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The CDC was established in 1943 and has a long and rich history of providing state-of-the-art teacher training in early intervention and education, innovative research, and service to children, families, and the community.

Each year, approximately 60 children between the ages of 12 months through 7 years old are served in specially designed classrooms housed in Haworth Hall and the Dole Human Development Center. The CDC provides a full-day program for toddlers (Sunnyside Toddler Program) and two full-day programs for preschool-age children (Educare I and II programs). Both typically developing children and children with diverse abilities, developmental disabilities, language and cultural differences, and who are at-risk for behavioral problems attend these programs.

Additionally, there are two early intervention and treatment programs: The Little Steps: Kansas Early Autism Program, a comprehensive ABA program for young children with autism, and Little Steps: Early Intervention Program, a program designed to treat children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

All classrooms are fully licensed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

Contact Edna A. Hill Child Development Center


(785) 864-3498

1001 Dole Human Development Center, University of Kansas, 1000 Sunnyside Avenue, Lawrence, KS 66045

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