About Us


The Center for Children and Families (CCF) at The University of Texas at Dallas is a research center which focuses on providing families with education and support that may foster their resilience and success. The CCF's close affiliation with faculty and students at UT Dallas make it uniquely placed to design and implement programming that emphasizes child developmental science, to provide professional training in early intervention, and study their effectiveness. We share our knowledge by offering several programs for the community which are listed below. We invite children and families to enrich our research efforts by joining our ongoing studies as participants.

The Crece Conmigo (Grow with Me) Program.  Crece Conmigo serves as a resource for the identification and prevention of developmental disorders for children ages 0-5. It promotes the development and success of young at-risk children through the provision of screenings and referrals to early intervention services when such needs are indicated.

The Juega Conmigo (Play with Me) Program. Juega is a weekly, free, program for parents and children ages 0-3. It is designed to foster strong parent-child relationships and children's growth through semi-structured play sessions. Juega currently serves 5 high need areas of greater Dallas.

The Resource and Referral Program.  Recognizing the many challenges faced by contemporary families, our resource and referral program is designed to help connect parents and professionals with a variety of local and national resources. A bilingual Community Liaison Specialist is available by phone or email to provide free consultations, resources and referrals to help address a broad array of concerns about child, adolescent, or family issues.

Forum and Spring Lecture Series.  The Center for Children and Families hosts the Annual Fall Forum focused on a theme supporting how children develop and thrive. The event features a visiting renowned expert who is joined by other eminent speakers and community leaders representing current and local policy concerns. The Spring Lecture Series continues the theme with a series of talks by Center-affiliated researchers.

Research.  Researchers with the Center for Children and Families are engaged in a wide variety of research about how children develop. At the Center for Children and Families, we work to communicate the results of this research to the wider community in order to enhance families' lives and inform the work of service providers and policy makers.