Child Development Resources (CDR) is west, central Alabama′s resource for information about the well-being of young children. Our mission is to help families succeed by providing information and resources to enhance the family′s ability to provide a safe, loving, and enriching life for young children. Child Development Resources provides training for professional child care providers, offers child care resource and referral information, and conducts parenting education and support programming.
Child Development Resources works to increase the availability, affordability, and quality of child care for families in Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties.
Contact us at (205) 348-2650
Child Development Resources
Judy Bonner Child Development Center
651 Peter Bryce Blvd.
Box 870157 Tuscaloosa, AL 35487
P: (205) 348-2650
F: (205) 348-4234
CDR provides training for child care providers in twelve counties in west, central Alabama. They are Bibb, Choctaw, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Marion, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, and Tuscaloosa counties. Training helps child care professionals learn up-to-date techniques and activities to use with infants and young children. Topics include subject areas required by Alabama DHR such as: Health, Safety, and Universal Precautions; Language Development; Child Development; the Child Care Professional & the Family; and Quality Child Care and Licensing.
If you unable to access these documents contact Kristy Brown at 205-348-4280
Child Care Provider Training Calendar
The Learning Center (TLC)
The Learning Center (TLC) is CDR's Resource Room designed for childcare providers and teachers. Resources available include children's books, theme-based activity kits, learning materials, literacy kits, manipulatives, die-cut machines, a laminator, and more.
Parking passes are required and are available at TLC sign-in desk.
Rolling Resource Van (RRV)
Training is offered in Tuscaloosa, in locations accessible by rural providers, and through the Rolling Resource Van.
Alabama Quality STARS
Alabama Project Launch
For more information about CDR′s parent education and support programs, call (205) 348-2650. Callers outside of the Tuscaloosa calling area may dial toll free 1-800-791-5437.
The College of Human Environmental Sciences, Children′s Trust Fund of Alabama, UA Child Development Resources, and CBER sponsored a study on the cost of child abuse vs. child abuse prevention in the State of Alabama. Dr. Milla Boschung served as the faculty advisor and Sally Edwards served as the child development advisor.
Study Report [Download PDF]
Dialogue online full article
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