Child Welfare Projects
We engage with state, local and tribal child welfare agencies and courts to help them develop and implement sustainable systemic reforms aimed at improving outcomes for children, youth and families. We provide expertise, technical assistance and tools in program and policy analysis, research, training (including curriculum development, delivery and evaluation), and program evaluation. The following projects illustrate our work in this area.
- National Child Welfare Resource Center for Organizational Improvement (NRCOI)
- Northeast and Caribbean Implementation Center (NCIC)
- Colorado Child Welfare Training Project
- Maine Child Welfare Training Institute
- National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI)
Early Childhood Education Projects
We conduct training, technical assistance, and applied research to inform early care and education practices at the national, state and local levels for state government, local schools and child care agencies, including Head Start and public pre-K programs. The following projects illustrate our work in this area.
Youth and Community Engagement Projects
Our research, promising practices, policy analysis and teaching provide a framework to engage with local, state and national organizations to help communities best serve children, youth and families. The following projects are examples of our work in this area.
- Youth Leadership Advisory Team
- Maine Wabanaki-State Truth and Reconciliation Commission
- First Jobs Maine
- Youth Development Initiatives
Family Support and Empowerment Projects
Many families share circumstances that require interaction with multiple government agencies and systems of support (e.g. working poor families, families with children with special needs, immigrant/refugee families, families involved in the child welfare system). Too often, however, the perspectives of these families are not heard in the policy arena. To better inform policymakers, we employ mixed methods, including participatory research with families, to gain a thorough understanding of the challenges families face in navigating these systems and how these challenges affect their ability to care for their children and balance work and family. We apply our understanding of these needs to policy recommendations and a wide variety of workforce and organizational development initiatives (e.g. public assistance programs, including TANF, MaineCare, and Food Stamps, child support enforcement; education and child care). The following projects are examples of our work in this area.