Research serves as the foundation for all activities at the Center – from professional trainings and parenting programs to community outreach, prevention and advocacy work. We focus our efforts through three strategic channels:
In partnership with more than 15 academic partners across multiple UW departments, schools and colleges, we support and engage in multi-disciplinary, collaborative research. We provide graduate and post-doctoral students with research training opportunities, including training fellowships and mentorship. Undergraduate students can engage on hands-on research, enhancing their critical thinking skills, developing an empirical approach to understanding children and families, and laying the foundation for graduate school or work in a professional setting.
Education & Professional Training
Our innovative degree and professional training programs, including a master’s degree program and continuing education trainings, prepare students to be leaders in the field. Our train-the-trainer model means that we offer trainings to help providers be effective with parents, children, and the communities they serve. Providers use these practices to develop mindfulness and reduce stress in their own lives and workplaces, and integrate these practices into their work and relationships with children and families.
We believe all communities should have meaningful access to current research findings and evidence-based programs that support children, parents, and professionals’ well-being. We collaborate with community partners to adapt and co-create programs, workshops and resources relevant to a communities’ unique culture and needs. We also produce workshops, conferences and public speakers that bring academics and practitioners together. Visit our events calendar and resource library to learn more about our offerings.