Child Development

Influencing the Future

The Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree in Child Development is designed for the student who wants to work with children outside of a classroom setting.

Child Development offers a holistic approach to child studies, focusing on the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of a child.

At Olivet, students will plan and design activities for young children, including small-group and one-on-one activities that are age-appropriate and fun. Students will learn ways to keep children healthy with good eating habits, personal hygiene, and times for rest. They will also learn how to identify emotional or developmental problems. 

Child Development majors will work closely with young children in many settings, including schools, businesses, private households, day care centers, camps, hospitals or adoption agencies.

Child Development Students:

  • Learn CPR and first aid.
  • Earn your Food and Safety sanitation license.
  • Study child, family and community relations; parenting; sociology of the family; language development; and teaching diverse populations.
  • Complete an internship or field placement assignment before you graduate in settings such as approved child care or day care facilities, children's museums, community centers, camps or hospitals.
  • Prepare to manage a day care center.
  • And so much more!
Child Development Careers

Child life specialist, child care worker, case worker, developmental therapist, day care center director

Internship Opportunities

Olivet students have worked for a variety of local and national companies, including Kankakee Children's Museum, Easter Seals, Crossroads Childcare Center, Play Palz 101, Inc., Aunt Martha's, and Riverside Hospital. Internships are introductory-level positions, often paid and have resulted in full-time jobs.

Center for Student Success

Meet the Faculty

Diane Richardson

When discussing her students, Diane Richardson has no trouble bragging about their accomplishments and how Olivet has contributed to their success. She teaches courses in interior design, fashion merchandising and education. Olivet honored her in 2003 with the Faculty Member of the Year Award.

Family and Consumer Sciences Faculty

By the Numbers:
miles from Chicago’s world-famous Merchandise Mart
hours of field experience within two medical nutrition therapy courses for dietetics majors
network of Olivet alumni
students enrolled at Olivet
Family and Consumer Sciences with a Christian Purpose

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