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About the Center for Improvement of Child and Family Services The CCF integrates research, education and training to advance the delivery of services to children and families.


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.