Center for Child & Family Studies

Ron Lally and Peter Mangione

Program Directors

J. Ronald Lally
Peter Mangione

The Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) is dedicated to helping children get a healthy and intellectually rich start in life, with a particular focus on children and families living in poverty, dual language learners, and those with disabilities or other special needs.

CCFS is a leader in promoting high-quality, research-based early care and education services, and its work informs national, state, and local child and family policies.

For the California Department of Education (CDE), WestEd leads the development of the California Early Learning and Development System components—foundations, curriculum frameworks, formative child assessments (infant/toddler, preschool, and kindergarten entry), program assessments, program guidelines, early childhood educator competencies, and professional development programs. CCFS led the development of similar early education resources for other states.

CCFS’s acclaimed Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the country, and PITC DVD/video and print materials are distributed worldwide. WestEd conducts training on PITC principles and practice in PITC Trainer Institutes for college faculty and trainers, PITC Home Visiting Institutes for home visitors and supervisors, and PITC Partners for Quality on-site training and coaching for early care teachers.

Program Infosheet (PDF)

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