The Center for Child and Family Well-being promotes the positive development and well-being of children, from infancy through adolescence, particularly those experiencing disadvantage and adversity. Using a bioecological or “whole child” approach that supports the roles of parents, families, schools and communities in children’s resilience, CCFW works to infuse mindfulness, compassion, and social-emotional skills into the lives of children, parents, caregivers, educators and practitioners.
A bioecological approach to children’s well-being addresses the inter-dependence of children’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development, as they are shaped by parents, families, teachers, schools, and neighborhoods, as well as broader socioeconomic, political, social and cultural forces. The interactions among these factors can influence whether children become vulnerable, developing adjustment problems in the response to their experiences, or resilient, emerging well-adjusted, socially and emotionally competent.
CCFW accomplishes our goal by engendering, translating, applying and sharing knowledge that stems from our interdisciplinary research conducted by over 20 faculty affiliates from across the University of Washington. Our research serves as the foundation on which we build education, professional training, prevention, intervention, outreach and advocacy activities of the center. We are committed to serving as a resource and partner in promoting the well-being of children and families locally and globally.
Our strategic aims are:
- Provide support for collaborative research activities. The center will provide grant support and shared research resources to increase sponsor supported research with the aim of engendering multi-disciplinary, translational research on children’s and families’ well-being.
- Provide graduate and post-doctoral research training opportunities, including training fellowships and scholarly mentorship. Provide undergraduate students with hands-on research experiences to enhance their critical thinking skills, engender an empirical approach to understanding children and families, launching students into successful graduate school or professional settings.
- Establish and sponsor innovative degree and professional training programs aimed at preparing students to be leaders within a broad array of disciplines that serve children and families. Continuing education programs will also be part of outreach and professional training activities.
- Produce forums, workshops, and conferences that bring academics and practitioners together to discuss pressing issues regarding children’s development, mental health, and how parents, families, educators and providers contribute to those.
- Improve community access to knowledge and programs for child and family well-being through public lectures, web resources, workshops, and dissemination of information on existing professional and community programs and websites.