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CSSP works to secure equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind.

Our Vision

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) works to secure equal opportunities and better futures for all children and families, especially those most often left behind. 

Underlying all of the work is a vision of child, family and community well-being. It’s a unifying framework for the many policy, systems reform and community change activities in which CSSP engages. 

At the center of this vision is a commitment to better lives and improved results for children and families. CSSP wants to ensure that:

  • Children are healthy
  • Children enter school ready to learn and are prepared to succeed
  • Youth are prepared to succeed as adults
  • Children grow up in safe, supportive and economically successful families
  • Communities have the resources and opportunities families need to succeed

To achieve these results, CSSP improves public policies, systems and communities by building protective factors, reducing risk factors and creating opportunities that contribute to well-being and economic success.

Working with government, philanthropic, private sector and community partners, staff develop new ideas, conduct research, promote policy solutions and provide technical assistance that allows policymakers, administrators and community-based organizations to:

  • Use data for learning and accountability
  • Support community residents’ ownership and leadership of the activities that affect their lives
  • Build  partnerships and coalitions to support change
  • Implement effective policies
  • Sustain financing for improving results
  • Use smart communication strategies and policy advocacy to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families 

CSSP Well-Being Frame from Center for the Study of Social Policy

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