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The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families

A UCLA Hub for Research, Prevention, and Resources for Foster Youth and Families

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The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families class with teacher

The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families

A UCLA Hub for Connecting and Strategizing Resources for Foster Youth and Families

Learn More About the UCLA Pritzker Center

THE UCLA PRITZKER CENTER

The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families is a new UCLA campus-wide initiative focused on the needs of children and youth who are disconnected from traditional pathways to success, in particular foster youth. The new center will serve as a collaborative hub for research, prevention and intervention efforts, working to strengthen families to prevent children from entering the child welfare system, and to support those in it. It will aim to build the capacity of foster parents, relative caregivers, and adoptive families to promote stable and nurturing families, equitable opportunities, and paths to educational success. The center will conduct new research, beginning with an examination of the dynamics of race and poverty in foster care in Los Angeles County. Leaders at the UCLA Pritzker Center will proactively and strategically link UCLA’s work to nonprofit agencies, to K-12 systems, to other education institutions, and to government support services as we develop collaborative and innovative classroom support systems, family support services, and trauma and resiliency informed care.

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Leaders from the UCLA Pritzker Center represent a spectrum of experts from across the UCLA campus. The Core Leadership Team – Tyrone Howard, PhD, Audra Langley, PhD, Todd Franke, PhD, and Patricia Lester, MD – will focus on strengthening families to prevent children from entering the child welfare system as well as strengthening foster, relative caregiver, and adoptive families to promote stable and nurturing families, equitable opportunities, and pathways to educational success.

Tyrone Howard, PhD, Director
Tyrone Howard, PhD, Director
Tyrone Howard, PhD, UCLA Professor of Education and Associate Dean of Equity and Inclusion at the UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, will serve as Director of the UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families. Howard is also the Founder and Director of the Black Male Institute at UCLA.
Audra Langley, PhD, Co-Director
Audra Langley, PhD, Co-Director
Audra Langley, PhD, Associate Professor in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, will serve as Co-Director. She is the Director of UCLA TIES for Families, an interdisciplinary program serving children in foster care or adopted through foster care.
Patricia Lester, MD, Leadership Team
Patricia Lester, MD, Leadership Team
Patricia Lester, MD, from the UCLA Semel Institute is the Jane and Marc Nathanson Family Professor of Psychiatry, Director of the UCLA Division of Population Behavioral Health and the Nathanson Family Resilience Center, Co-Director of the UCLA Child Anxiety Resilience Education and Support Center, and the Medical Director of the Family Stress, Trauma and Resilience Clinic.
Todd Franke, PhD, Leadership Team
Todd Franke, PhD, Leadership Team
Todd Franke, PhD, Chair and Professor in the Department of Social Welfare in the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs, has 24 years of experience in conducting cross-sectional and longitudinal research in a variety of interconnected fields including child welfare, education, juvenile justice, mental health and adolescent violence.