Center for Improvement of Child & Family Services Our center integrates research, education & training to advance the delivery of services to children & families.

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* Since 2010, Oregon’s early learning and K-12 systems have been working together on Prenatal-3rd (P-3) grade strategies to improve long-term educational outcomes, especially for children facing the steepest barriers to opportunity. With welcoming environments, specialized skills and a deep commitment to their work, culturally specific organizations are well positioned to support children and families of color in Oregon’s education system. Through a partnership between the Oregon Community Foundation, the Center's P-3 evaluation team has released the reports on Prenatal-through-Grade 3 work in Oregon. To access the reports click the links below: 

Learning Brief

Full Research Brief

Executive Summary

* HOSTED A CONFERENCE: We are excited to announce that we had the amazing opportunity to host the 2018 National IV-E Roundtable for Child Welfare Training & Education on May 22nd- May 24th, 2018 at the Benson Hotel. The National IV-E Roundtable for Child Welfare Training & Education is a yearly gathering of representatives from public and tribal child welfare agencies and their university partners. For details about this roundtable, clicking here.



We partner and collaborate with agencies, non-profits, community partners, professionals, scholars, parents and youth on transformative, system changing projects that increase practice effectiveness.The center includes more than 60 staff with various subject-matter expertise. For additional information about the center and the services we can provide, please contact our Executive Director, Katharine Cahn.

Training & Workforce Development Consultation & Technical Assistance
Reseach-based training
Curriculum development
eLearning development
Needs assessment
Implementation planning
Leadership development

Program development & management
Systems change
Group facilitation
Qualitative & quantitative research
Program evaluation
Metrics & indicators of practice



We are committed to the following outcomes:

  • Skilled workers. Increase the competency, diversity, and professional education of social workers and other professionals serving children and families.
  • Skilled leaders. Increase the number of human service leaders (supervisors, managers, policy makers and advocates) who are professionally educated, knowledgeable and competent in current practices.
  • Best and promising practices. Contribute to the development and use of evidence-based and promising practices by public, private, and tribal children’s agencies.
  • Serving all citizens. Develop ways to bring state of the art practice knowledge to rural learners and ethnic and racial communities often not at the table.
  • Fairness and equity. Increase the fairness and equity of the child services system, reduce disproportionality of negative outcomes for children of color.