The Cutler Institute Children, Youth, and Families Program advances the well-being of children and families by improving the public and private systems that serve them. We work to include the voices of children, youth and families, and to engage community. Our approach empowers and strengthens the clients we serve. We have earned a national reputation for excellence in research, policy development, program evaluation, training, and technical assistance.
Areas of Focus
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 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.
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).
System Design and Implementation
Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)
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.