Established in 2008, the Center for Children and Families (CCF) at UT Dallas converts cutting-edge research into practical applications serving children and families in underserved communities in the Dallas area. CCF’s mission is to promote optimal family and child development through research, practice, and outreach focused around key initiatives: parenting healthy children, strengthening interpersonal relationships, and enhancing thinking and learning.
Translating research into innovative practice, CCF’s clinical staff of developmental specialists and dedicated UTD student interns and volunteers deliver outreach programming in high-need Dallas area neighborhoods to promote strong developmental foundations for at-risk children.
Our Grow With Me (Crece Conmigo) program provides free developmental screenings for at-risk children ages 0-5, developmental guidance for their parents based on results of the screening, and referrals for intervention services when delays and disabilities are identified. Conducting over 1,000 free screenings since our founding, CCF has uncovered developmental delays and concerns in nearly 40% of the children screened. In addition, three times a year, CCF’s Screening Fairs provide another 200 free developmental, vision, language, and hearing screenings for children and their families.
Play With Me (Juega Conmigo), our two-generation playful learning program for children ages 0-3 and their parents, fosters young children’s early self-regulatory behavior and learning skills and promotes healthy parent-child relationships. Play With Me serves over 500 children and parents per year at 5 program sites in high-need communities. All children are screened for developmental delays.
Please consider making a gift in support of the Center’s outreach activities. Your support is essential to our operations serving at-risk children and their families.