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Yale Websites

Child Study Center
The Child Study Center is a department at Yale University School of Medicine that brings together multiple disciplines to further the understanding of the problems of children and families.

Comer School Development Program
The School Development Program is the organization charged with implementing the Comer Process in school communities.

National Center for Children Exposed to Violence

It is the mission of the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence to increase the capacity of individuals and communities to reduce the incidence and impact of violence on children and families.

Institution for Social and Policy Studies
The Yale Institution for Social and Policy Studies strives to facilitate interdisciplinary inquiry in the social sciences and research into important public policy arenas.

Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics
The Center focuses on biomedical ethics, including issues involving children and families.

Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity
The mission of the Rudd Center is to improve the world’s diet, prevent obesity, and reduce weight stigma through creative connections between science and public policy, targeted research, frank dialogue among key constituents, and a commitment to real change.

The School of the 21st Century

Based at Yale University, the 21C program develops, researches, networks, and supervises a revolutionary educational model that links communities, families, and schools. There are currently over 1300 21C schools across the United States.

Research and Policy Centers

Information on a variety of cross-disciplinary undergraduate and graduate training programs can be found at the web site of the Child and Family Policy Consortium.

Boston College Lynch School of Education
The Lynch School of Education at Boston College, a Catholic and Jesuit university, endeavors to improve the human condition through education.

Brown University Department of Education
Education at Brown is an interdisciplinary liberal arts field set amongst the study and instruction of education practice and policy.

Center for Child and Family Policy
The Center for Child and Family Policy is working to solve problems facing children in contemporary society by bringing together scholars from many disciplines with policy makers and practitioners to improve the lives of children and families.

Center for Research on Child Well-Being
The Bendheim Thoman Center for Research on Child Wellbeing is an interdisciplinary center at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and the Office of Population Research.

Center for Research on Children in the United States
By combining training in public policy analysis with coursework in developmental psychology, CROCUS offers an unusual educational program to students seeking careers at the intersection of developmental science and public policy.

Center for the Study of Child Care Employment
Through research, policy analysis and policy development, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment focuses on issues relating to the several million teachers and providers currently working in center-based and home-based early care and education settings in the United States.

Center on Children, Families and the Law
The Center on Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln was established in 1987 as a home for interdisciplinary research, teaching, and public service on issues related to child and family policy and services.

Chapin Hall Center for Children
Chapin Hall is a research and development center that brings the highest standards of scholarship to the real-world challenges of policymakers and service providers struggling to ensure that children grow, thrive, and take their place in a formidable world.

Children, Youth and Family Consortium

The Children, Youth and Family Consortium's web site is a bridge to a wide range of information and resources about children and families. It connects research, teaching, policy, and community practice.

Cornell University, Department of Human Development
The Department of Human Development focuses on behavioral and psychological development from conception through later life. Emphasis is on the processes and mechanisms underlying developmental change and stability and the contexts in which development takes place.

Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy
The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy Research, founded in 1999, is housed at the Ford School. It serves as a University resource for faculty and students interested in state and local policy.

Fordham University, Developmental Psychology
Training encompasses a broad program of study including developmental processes in cognition, personality and social behavior; includes research projects at associated centers such as the campus-based Hispanic Research Center, Interdisciplinary Center for Family and Child, and the National Center for Schools and School Communities.

Frank Porter Graham Child Development Center
FPG is one of the oldest multidisciplinary centers devoted to the study of children and families. Most of the institute's work addresses young children ages birth through eight years.

Georgia Health Policy Center

Georgia Health Policy Center, established in 1995, provides evidence-based research, program development and policy guidance on local, state and national levels to improve health status at the community level.

Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy
The Institute for Child, Youth and Family Policy brings together faculty, research staff, and students in activities that foster the well-being of children, adolescents, and their families.

Institute for Public Policy Studies
The Vanderbilt IPPS is Vanderbilt's portal to public policy, research and practice. Its mission is to incubate public policy research, to train leaders in public policy practice and to form partnerships to confront policy problems.

Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life
Located in the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Agriculture at Clemson University, the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University helps to generate, share and apply the research foundation for youth, family, and community development.

National Center for Children and Families
The National Center for Children and Families advances the policy, education, and development of children and their families. In the course of these efforts, we challenge the status quo that perpetuates inequalities among children, and their eventual success as productive citizens.

National Center for Children in Poverty
The National Center for Children in Poverty is the nation’s leading public policy center dedicated to promoting the economic security, health, and well-being of America’s low-income families and children.

National Center for Early Development and Learning
NCEDL is a national early childhood research project supported by the US Department of Education's Institute for Educational Sciences, formerly the Office of Educational Research and Improvement.

National Institute for Early Education Research
The National Institute for Early Education Research supports early childhood education initiatives by providing objective, nonpartisan information based on research. The Institute seeks to provide policy makers with timely information addressing the practical problems they face.

Northwestern University Human Development and Social Policy Program
The Human Development and Social Policy doctoral program, founded in 1981 under the leadership of Dr. Bernice Neugarten, prepares students to conduct research to understand and to attack the very human problems that pose the greatest challenges to society in this new century.

Penn State University Human Development and Family Studies
Penn State's Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to excellence in research, teaching, and service regarding lifespan human development in the context of the family, community, and society.

Schubert Center for Child Studies
The Schubert Center supports multidisciplinary research and education at Case on children and childhood. Initiatives of the Schubert Center promote understandings of child development from infancy through adolescence, and in local, national, and international contexts.

Steinhardt School of Education Child and Family Policy Center
The Child and Family Policy Center in the School of Education works to bring state-of-the field knowledge about how to promote children's healthy development and school success to the forefront of policymaking, program design, and practice.

Tufts University Child and Family WebGuide

The Child & Family WebGuide is a directory that evaluates, describes and provides links to hundreds of web sites containing child development research and practical advice. All the sites listed on the WebGuide have been evaluated by experts in child development.

Tufts University Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development
The Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Development is one of the country’s leading departments serving children, youth, and families through its research, practice, and teaching

UCLA School of Public Health
The UCLA School of Public Health is one of the top schools of public health in the country. The UCLA Center for Health Policy Research improves the public’s health by advancing health policy through research, public service, community partnership, and education.

University of Pennsylvania School of Education
The Educational Policy specialization trains graduates who seek to improve education through research on policy, finance, school reform, and school governance.

University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development
The University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development is a university-community resource and management facility dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in Pittsburgh, the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the nation, and around the world.


Brookings Institution
The Center on Children and Families studies policies that affect the well-being of America's children and their parents, especially children in less advantaged families and addresses the issues of and solutions to poverty, inequality, and lack of opportunity in the United States.

Center for Law and Social Policy
CLASP’s child care and early education work focuses on promoting policies that support both child development and the needs of low-income working parents and on expanding the availability of resources for child care and early education initiatives.

Child Trends 
Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization providing social science research to those who serve children and youth.

Families and Work Institute
Families and Work Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workforce and workplace, the changing family and the changing community. 

Professional Associations

American Bar Association Center on Children and the Law
The ABA Center on Children and the Law aims to improve children's lives through advances in law, justice, knowledge, practice and public policy.

American Psychological Association Public Policy Office 
The Public Interest Policy unit actively engages in shaping federal policy to promote psychology in the public interest.

American Psychological Association Children, Youth, and Families Office
Children, Youth, and Families office supports the work of the APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families and liaisons with interested divisions, state associations, other organizations and federal agencies.

Child Welfare League of America
Our highest mission is to ensure the safety and well-being of children and families. We advocate for the advancement of public policy, we set and promote the standards for best practice, and we deliver superior membership services.

National Association for the Education of Young Children
The National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to improving the well-being of all young children, with particular focus on the quality of educational and developmental services for all children from birth through age 8.

Society for Research in Child Development Office for Policy and Communications
The purposes of the Society are to promote multidisciplinary research in the field of human development, to foster the exchange of information among scientists and other professionals of various disciplines, and to encourage applications of research findings.

Zero to Three 
Zero to Three's mission is to support the healthy development and well-being of infants, toddlers and their families. We are a national nonprofit multidisciplinary organization that advances our mission by informing, educating and supporting adults who influence the lives of infants and toddlers.

Governmental Agencies

City of New Haven
Under Mayor John DeStefano, Jr., new and continuing initiatives are being carried out to renew New Haven. The Livable City Initiative is a historic, new approach to housing and neighborhood revitalization that is making a tangible difference in the city's neighborhoods.

Federal Interagency Forum on Child & Family Statistics 
The Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics (Forum) is a collection of 20 Federal government agencies involved in research and activities related to children and families.

Government Accountability Office
The Government Accountability Office is an agency that works for Congress and the American people. Congress asks GAO to study the programs and expenditures of the federal government.

Library of Congress - Thomas
Thomas was launched in January of 1995, at the inception of the 104th Congress. The leadership of the 104th Congress directed the Library of Congress to make federal legislative information freely available to the public.

National Conference of State Legislatures
NCSL is a bipartisan organization that serves the legislators and staffs of the nation's 50 states, its commonwealths and territories. NCSL provides research, technical assistance and opportunities for policymakers to exchange ideas on the most pressing state issues.

National League of Cities
The National League of Cities is the oldest and largest national organization representing municipal governments throughout the United States. Its mission is to strengthen and promote cities as centers of opportunity, leadership, and governance.

State of Connecticut
Within its compact borders, Connecticut has forested hills, new urban skylines, shoreline beaches, white-steeple colonial churches, and historic village greens. There are classic Ivy League schools, modern expressways, great corporate offices, and small farms.

US Department of Education
ED was created in 1980 by combining offices from several federal agencies. Its original directive remains its mission today — to ensure equal access to education and to promote educational excellence throughout the nation.

US Department of Health and Human Services
the DHHS is the United States government's principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.

US DHHS Administration for Children and Families
The Administration for Children and Families, within the Department of Health and Human Services is responsible for federal programs that promote the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals, and communities.

US DHHS Administration for Children and Families Children’s Bureau
With an annual budget of over $7 billion, the Children's Bureau works with State and local agencies to develop programs that focus on preventing the abuse of children in troubled families, protecting children from abuse, and finding permanent placements for those who cannot safely return to their homes.


Annie E. Casey Foundation
Founded in 1948, the primary mission of the Annie E. Casey Foundation is to foster public policies, human-service reforms, and community supports that more effectively meet the needs of today’s vulnerable children and families.

Foundation for Child Development
The Foundation for Child Development is a national, private philanthropy dedicated to the principle that all families should have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated and productive members of their communities.

David and Lucille Packard Foundation
David and Lucile Packard believed America to be the home of a unique type of organization dependent upon private funding and volunteer leadership.

Advocacy Organizations

Benton Foundation
Benton is a private foundation, an institutional hybrid, bridging the worlds of philanthropy, public policy and community action. We assume diverse, crosscutting roles as nonpartisan knowledge broker, convener, public interest advocate and policy analyst.

Children’s Defense Fund
CDF advocates for all children with a special focus on the most vulnerable. We work with elected officials, government agencies, faith groups, and individual activists to build a nation of families where all children have the support they need to thrive.

Connecticut Voices for Children 
The mission of Connecticut Voices for Children is to promote the well-being of all of Connecticut’s young people and their families by advocating for strategic public investments and prudent public policies.

Connect for Kids
Connect for Kids works to connect concerned adults and young people—whether they’re new to the issues or already activists—to compelling, accurate information and context on children’s issues, as well as tools to take action and to help child- and youth-focused organizations effectively reach a broad audience.

Voices for America’s Children
Voices for America’s Children is a nonpartisan, national organization committed to speaking out for the well-being of children at the federal, state and local levels of government.