Ana-Maria Mata-Otero, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Adriana Villa Baird, M.S., LPC | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Center Director Visits Norway for Social Development Research | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Study Finds Court Costs Increase Recidivism Among Sample Population | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
North Texas Giving Day | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
North Texas Giving Day | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

North Texas Giving Day


Support the Center for Children and Families on North Texas Giving Day! Your support impacts the Center's outreach programs, serving young children at risk and their parents through innovative, research-based initiatives promoting children's optimal development.

Research & Resource Fair | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Research & Resource Fair | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Alex R. Piquero: How Childhood Hunger Leads to Adult Violence | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Couples Daily Lives Study Seeks Participants | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Annual Forum 2016 - 2017 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Study Among First to Link Childhood Hunger and Violence | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Volunteer and BBS Alum Honored With Undergraduate Alumni Achievement Award | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Screening Fairs | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Dr. Jackie Nelson Receives Teaching Award | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives UT Dallas President’s Teaching Excellence Award | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Dallas Preschool Readiness Project Investigates School Readiness Skills | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Faculty Affiliate Receives NSF Award to Study Children’s Vocabulary | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Study Links Childhood Hunger to Violence Later in Life | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Curriculum | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
BrainLab Recruiting Children Ages 8 - 15 for Paid Research Study | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Juega Conmigo Spring Celebration a Success | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Dean Bert S. Moore | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Dean Bert S. Moore


Dr. Bert S. Moore led the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at UT Dallas as dean for 26 years. Under his leadership, the Center for Children and Families was created to help promote optimal family and child development, and highlight the research of the school's many developmental psychologists.

Dr. Candice Mills Receives NSF Grant to Study Children’s Learning | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
United Way Receives Funding to Help Prevent Child Abuse | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Newsletter | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Volunteer | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Volunteer


Volunteers with the Center for Children and Families work in a variety of different ways, from modeling sensitive parent-child interactions in our Juega Conmigo program, to performing developmental screenings in our Crece Conmigo program, to performing assessments and observations of parent-child outcomes, to assisting with check-in for events such as our Spring Lecture Series and Annual Forum. If you have a passion for working with children and parents, especially with those who are at-risk, contact us today about volunteering with CCF!

Useful Resource Links | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Juega Conmigo Spring Celebration | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Spring Celebration | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Raul Rojas, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Andrea Warner Czyz, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Karen Prager, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Alex Piquero, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Candice Mills, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Francesca Filbey, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Julia Evans, Ph.D., CCC-SLP | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Christine Dollaghan, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Student Volunteer Showcased for Work With Teens | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Program Schedule | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Juega Conmigo (Play With Me) | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Juega Conmigo 12 Week Class Series Graduation | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Faculty Affiliate Earns Unsung Hero Award | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Crece Conmigo (Grow With Me) | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Support CCF | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
2016 Lectures | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Joan Buchanan Hill, EdD | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Paula Larsen, JD | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Sadie Funk, M.S. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
David Brown, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Sylvia Allgaier, PhD | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Maria Maese, M.S. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Suzy Armstrong, M.Ed., IMH-E (IV) | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Cecilia Lazcano, M.S. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Rachel Berglund, M.A. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Joanna K. Gentsch, PhD | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Director Margaret T. Owen Selected for DAEYC Margaret Cone Impact Award | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Promoting School Readiness | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Promoting School Readiness


Did you know that since the 1960’s the achievement gap between low-income and high-income students has increased by nearly 40 percent? Did you know that over the past five years, rates of poverty in the U.S. have risen and 16% of our Dallas children live in extreme poverty (family income less than half of the federal poverty level)? Did you know that there is evidence of a causal role between children’s emotional and behavioral competence on their academic achievement? Did you know that teaching children self-regulation skills can help mitigate poverty’s impact?

Directions & Parking Information | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Registration 2012 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Registration 2012


The Wednesday evening lecture on October 3 is free and open to the public. On Thursday, October 4 there is a $25 registration fee that covers refreshments, lunch and CEUs. UT Dallas students, faculty and staff will be admitted free with their Comet Cards. Please note your UTD affiliation when registering.

Schedule of Events 2012 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Schedule of Events 2014 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Schedule of Events 2013 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Registration 2013 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Registration 2013


Click here to register *note: payment link is now working! Lunch is being provided by Kathy's Choice. If you've been to her Tea Room in Richardson, you know you are in for a treat! We will have: Oven roasted Turkey breast served on fresh bakery bread with provolone cheese and lettuce Cranberry and Pecan Chicken Salad served on a dark multi-grain bakery bread--our fantastic signature chicken salad with tart dried cranberries and lettuce Vegetarian Wrap with an herbal cream cheese spread, provolone cheese, and an array of fresh veggies, lettuce and tomato Each lunch comes with pasta salad, chips, pickle, and a cookie.

Handouts & Keynote Address | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Handouts & Keynote Address


A video of the keynote address and handouts are included below. Keynote address* *Includes welcome and opening remarks from Dr. Bert S. Moore, Dean, School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, The University of Texas at Dallas; Delia Jasso, Senior Director, Community Relations, Children's Health; Dr. Margaret Tresch Owen, Director, Center for Chidren and Families Robert Pianta handout Adrianna Cuéllar Rojas handout

Registration 2014 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Registration 2015 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Handouts & Videos | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Schedule of Events 2015 | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
2014 Forum | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

2014 Forum


The Center for Children and Families presents our fifth annual Forum on "Ensuring Children's Success in School: Effective Teacher-Child Interactions in Early Education" on Friday, October 31st from 9am - 1:30pm at The University of Texas at Dallas. The keynote speaker is Robert Pianta, PhD, dean of the Curry School of Education at The University of Virginia, founding director of the Curry School's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning (CASTL), and director of the National Center for Research in Early Childhood Education. Dr. Pianta's prolific work focuses on teacher-student interactions and relationships and components of effective teaching and learning. He is the author of the CLASS observational assessment tool used by Head Start programs across the country. Dr. Pianta's research and policy interests are particularly salient to the national dialogue regarding the achievement gap for low-income children that begins in the earliest years and the strong need and efforts to bridge that gap.

2015 Forum | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

2015 Forum


The Center for Children and Families presents our sixth annual forum on "Empowering Children and Parents Together: The Promise of Two-Generation Programs" on Friday, Sept. 25 at The University of Texas at Dallas. The keynote speaker is P. Lindsay Chase-Lansdale, PhD, Frances Willard Professor of human development and social policy at the School of Education and Social Policy, faculty fellow at the Institute for Policy Research, and associate provost for faculty at Northwestern University. Dr. Chase-Lansdale is an expert on the interface between social policy and research. Her research focuses on social issues and how they affect families and the development of children and youth. Her most recent research has been on two-generation educational interventions for low-income parents and young children. She is an inaugural fellow at Ascend, a policy program of the Aspen Institute that takes a two-generation approach.

2016 - 2017 Forum | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

2016 - 2017 Forum


The Center for Children and Families presents our seventh annual forum on "Out of School Time: Expanding Learning Opportunities, Reducing Achievement Gaps" on Friday, January 20th, 2017. The keynote speaker is Dr. Deborah Vandell, PhD, professor of education at the University of California, Irvine. Dr. Vandell is an internationally recognized, leading scholar on the effects of afterschool programs on children's social, behavioral and academic outcomes. Her research includes strategies for improving the quality of afterschool programs and youth engagement in such programs. Stay tuned for more information!

2013 Forum | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

2013 Forum


The Center for Children and Families presents our fourth annual Forum "Healthy Connections: Shaping Relationships and Achievement in High School" as a one day event on Friday, October 11, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Join Sociologists, Neuroscientists and Psychologists in an examination of the connections between adolescents' health, peers and peer culture, psychosocial development and their contributions to educational trajectories. The keynote speaker is Robert Crosnoe, Ph.D., Professor of Sociology at The University of Texas at Austin. Dr. Crosnoe's work focuses on the connections between youth development, health and education.

Communities Foundation Giving Guide | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Stories of Impact | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Lecture Series DVDs | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Wish Lists | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Mugs | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Crece Conmigo | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Crece Conmigo


The Crece Conmigo (Grow With Me) program serves as a resource for the identification and prevention of developmental disorders for children ages 0-5. Crece Conmigo offers comprehensive developmental screenings in both English and Spanish at various sites in greater Dallas.

Giving | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Giving


The Center for Children and Families was established in 2008 with a generous matching grant from The Meadows Foundation. Our heartfelt thanks are extended to the individuals, foundations and organizations that gave to help meet that crucial challenge match. As we work toward making our full vision a reality for the Center, gifts and grants for our community outreach programs need your support. We are a resource for children and families with your generosity. Thank you.

Playful Learning Project | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas

Playful Learning Project


CCF’s Playful Learning Project, seeks to understand how participation in our Juega Conmigo (Play With Me) playful-learning program for bilingual, low-income children and their parents impacts parenting skills and efficacy and promotes the foundation of children's school readiness through activities and guided play that strengthens the development of self-regulatory skills and language for children. The Playful Learning Project studies increases in parental knowledge of child development, children's engagement in Juega Conmigo routines and activities, and parent-child engagement and positive interactions through pre and post comparisons of parents and children in the Juega Conmigo program.

Research Projects | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Student Volunteer Receives Student Diversity Award | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
George W. Holden, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Adriana Villa Baird, M.S. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Shayla Holub, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Senior Lecturer Position Open | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF’s Infant Development Program Becomes Crece Conmigo (Grow With Me) | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
New Study Shows Effect of Early Marijuana Use on Brain Development | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Doris Luft de Baker, Ph.D. | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Advisory Council Member Recognized for Top Quality Teaching | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
10 Ways to Promote the Language and Communication Skills of Infants and Toddlers | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Thank You to our Forum Sponsors | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Faculty Affiliate Awarded for ‘Best Article of the Year’ | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
CCF Director Publishes Study on Quality Parent-Child Interactions | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
2015 Lectures | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Melanie Rubin, MPA | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Bill Barfoot, PhD | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas
Karen Huxtable-Jester, PhD | Center for Children and Families | University of Texas at Dallas