Center for Child & Family Studies

Program Staff

Program Directors

J. Ronald Lally
Peter Mangione

The Center for Child & Family Studies (CCFS) is dedicated to helping children get a healthy and successful start in life, particularly those living in poverty, dual language learners, and those with special needs.

CCFS promotes high-quality, research-based early care and education, informing national, state, and local child and family policies.

CCFS’s acclaimed Program for Infant/Toddler Care (PITC) is the most widely used training system for infant and toddler caregivers in the country. WestEd conducts PITC trainer institutes for college faculty and trainers, PITC home visiting institutes, and PITC Partners for Quality training and coaching for early care teachers.

WestEd led the development of California’s early learning foundations, curriculum frameworks, early childhood assessments, program guidelines, and early childhood educator competencies.