Center for Child & Family Studies

The Center for Child & Family Studies strives to promote the well-being, learning, and development of young children and their families, particularly those living in poverty, those who have experienced trauma, those who are dual language learners, and those with special needs.

The Center for Child & Family Studies (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. CCFS staff conduct PITC trainer institutes for college faculty and trainers, PITC home visiting institutes, and PITC Partners for Quality training, coaching for early care teachers, and Beginning Together: Caring for Infants and Toddlers with Disabilities and Special Needs in Inclusive Settings.

In addition, CCFS provides professional development for and has developed online modules on trauma-informed practices for infant/toddler and preschool practitioners.

CCFS collaborated with the California Department of Education, the University of California Berkeley, and the Napa County Office of Education to develop the Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP), an observational child assessment. CCFS provides professional development on the use of the DRDP and supports states in their efforts to adapt the DRDP to their assessment needs.

Program Staff

Program Directors

J. Ronald Lally
Peter Mangione

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