Centers & Services

The Family Resiliency Center (FRC) is an interdisciplinary research, education, and outreach resource housed within the department. Directed by Dr. Barbara Fiese, the FRC’s overall mission is to discover, translate, and disseminate evidence-based practices that allow families to thrive under challenging conditions. Much of the current work at the center focuses on the prevention of childhood obesity, the reduction of childhood hunger, and afterschool programming for youth. An emerging area is the health of immigrant families.

As a university-based laboratory school with its home in HDFS, the Child Development Laboratory (CDL), directed by Dr. Brent McBride, is charged to provide high quality care to the 160 enrolled children and their families, while at the same time supporting teaching, research and outreach activities of faculty, staff and students on the UIUC campus.

Child Care Resource Service (CCRS) is a resource and referral service serving parents and providers in Champaign, Douglas, Iroquois, Macon, Piatt, and Vermilion counties in Illinois. It is a program of the University of Illinois in the College of ACES; its home is HDFS and the University of Illinois Extension Service. CCRS helps parents locate available child care and maintains current, detailed information on more than 700 licensed and licensed-exempt centers and family child care providers in east central Illinois.

The Autism Program or TAP is part of a state-wide network of resources for Autism Spectrum Disorders in the state of Illinois and is one of their five Regional Training Centers. It is a joint program of HDFS and the Department of Special Education at UIUC. The TAP Resource Room is housed in HDFS's Family Resiliency Center located in Christopher Hall and provides a place where families and professionals can find information or preview materials that might be helpful to them.