Cutler Institute for Health and Social Policy

About Children, Youth, and Families (CYF)

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

Child WelfareChild Welfare

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. Contact George Shaler for more information.

Early Childhood Care and EducationEarly Childhood Education

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. Contact Sonja Howard for more information.

Family Support and EmpowermentFamily Support and Independence

The Cutler Institute provides training and technical assistance to Maine human services staff who help families find the public services they need to get back on their feet. We bring classroom and online solutions to the policy and practice-related workforce development needs of public agency staff at all levels of the organization. Contact Nadine Edris for more information.

Organizational ImprovementOrganizational Improvement

We help agencies and Tribes develop their workforce, plan and implement projects that increase system capacity, build continuous quality improvement systems (CQI), and improve long-term outcomes through strategic planning. Contact Kris Sahonchik for more information.

Youth and Community EngagementYouth and Community Engagement

Youth and Community Engagement program staff work with state, local, and tribal agencies, as well as youth and key community stakeholders, to enhance the capacity of systems and communities to bring about improved outcomes for Maine’s young people. Contact Marty Zanghi for more information.


CYF Publications