Spring 2004 Newsletter



Recent CDSA Events


Halloween Carnival @ Four Winds Elementary


Thank you for your interest in The Child Development Student Association (CDSA)! CDSA is a professional student organization for anyone interested in working with children and or families. It is especially useful for students who are interested in exploring the many options there are in working with children and families either directly or indirectly. This organization was originally formed in 1982 by child development students who wanted to provide a setting where they could share ideas, interests, and concerns for children with their peers, as well as to provide a community service in child-related activities. One of the founding members of CDSA, Mike Graf, is currently on faculty in the child development department here at CSU, Chico.

Meetings are held at least once a month each semester and we also get involved with various child-related activities in the community. In past fall semesters, we have participated in the Halloween Carnival held at Cal Skate; however, this semester, we joined forces with the brothers of Nu Alpha Kappa (NAK) in providing assistance to the Halloween Carnival held at Four Winds Elementary. At the end of the fall semester, the child development department participates in a program where they are given an anonymous family, which we refer to as the “holiday family”, who they are responsible for buying presents for. We contribute to this project by holding a night of present wrapping, at which CDSA members donate their time to wrap all of the presents the child development department has accumulated for our holiday family. This past spring semester, we participated in the Children’s Fair held downtown and also volunteered at the Valley Oaks Children’s Services Book Fair.

An ongoing service CDSA provides is to donate a portion of a child’s tuition to the CSU, Chico Child Development Lab (CDL) each semester. The CDL plays a large role in the child development department, as it serves as the 2nd level internship, of three levels, in which majors are student teachers in the lab, where they develop and implement curriculum in the CDL setting. The current co-directors of the CDL, Jan Harris and Sandra Needles, are also graduates of CSU, Chico; as are the current lead teachers, Jaclyn Tollini and Kim McKenzie.

CDSA has a number of fundraising activities, which help us in donating tuition to the CDL as well as to provide snacks at meetings and give our guest speakers a little something to say “thanks”. We are currently selling sweatshirts, t-shirts and children’s ¾-sleeve shirts, which represent the child development program, as an on-going fundraiser. We have also had fundraising nights at Chevy’s and done carwashes (we had a very successful one in Spring 2003 with the help of the NAK brothers). The other fundraising event, which was mentioned previously, is the Spring BBQ, which we sell tickets for.

I want to, again, thank you for your interest in CDSA. If you have any other questions about CDSA you can contact me at acissej733@aol.com. For questions about the CSU, Chico Child Development program or Child Development Lab, please contact their office at (530) 898-5250 or visit their web site at http://www.csuchico.edu/chld/. I hope you enjoy the rest of our web page and get all of the information you hope to find!

Jessica Francisco
CDSA President




Upcoming CDSA Events

Woodstock's Pizza Night

Children's Fair

Spring 04 BBQ

Check the Calendar for more information on upcoming events


CDSA T-shirts and Sweatshirts For Sale!


Children's 3/4 Sleeve T-Shirt $13.00


Adult's T-shirt $13.00


Adult's Sweatshirt $30.00


Items can be purchased in the CD Office in Modoc 216, or you can e-mail CDSA President Jessica Francisco for more information