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Human Development & Family Studies


Dr. Kelly Cichy
Program Coordinator

405 White Hall



News:  First Kent State Students to Pass the Child and Youth Care Certification Board Exam

We would like to recognize two of our current HDFS students, Courtney Meadows (undergraduate) and Carmen Irving (Master’s) who are the first students at Kent State University to successfully pass the new Child and Youth Care Certification Board’s (CYCCB) certification exam. The exam is a situational judgment exam derived from case examples across a variety of practice settings. Both students are now eligible to apply for provisional certification as a Child and Youth Care Practitioner-Professional level. 

For more information about the CYCCB please visit and for more information about the exam visit

News: New Minors in HDFS and Nonprofit StudiesIn an effort to better prepare students to meet the needs of area nonprofit and human service organizations we will be offering minors in Human Development and Family Studies, and Nonprofit Studies.  These minors are open to students from any major interested in contributing to the quality of life and well being of individuals and families across the lifespan. Please contact Dr. Rhonda Richardson at or Kathy Bergh at for more information.

News: The IIHSWRD Receives National Research Competition Grant

Kent State University's International Institute for Human Service Workforce Research and Development, under the leadership of Dr. Dale Curry and in collaboration with the Child and Youth Care Certification Board, has been awarded funding by the Robert Bowne Foundation to assess out-of-school-time practitioner perceptions of the value of national child and youth worker certification.

News: Studying Well-Being of Custodial Grandmothers & Grandchildren

University researchers in the College of Education, Health, and Human Services are engaged in a multimillion-dollar study of interventions for improving the psychological well-being of custodial grandmothers and the grandchildren for whom they provide full-time care. [Read more]