The University of California, Los Angeles has announced a $10 million gift from the Anthony and Jeanne Pritzker Family Foundation to establish a center in support of research, prevention, and intervention efforts designed to strengthen families and keep children out of the child welfare system.
The gift will support the recently opened UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families, which aims to serve as a catalyst for more effective collaboration between UCLA researchers and nonprofit agencies, other colleges and universities, K-12 systems, children and family advocates, and government support services across Los Angeles County. Among other activities, the center will work to develop innovative classroom support systems, family support services, and programs that help children affected by trauma, and produce new research on issues related to foster care, with an initial focus on the dynamics of race in foster care in Los Angeles County.
Bringing together resources and expertise from numerous UCLA units, including the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, and the Luskin School of Public Affairs, the center will be directed by Tyrone Howard, a UCLA professor of education, GSEIS's associate dean of equity and inclusion, and director of the Black Male Institute at UCLA.
"This generous gift from Jeanne and Tony Pritzker allows UCLA to help provide critical resources for our community's most vulnerable children and youth," said UCLA chancellor Gene Block. "As a leading public research university, we have a responsibility to use the breadth and depth of our resources to help address the most critical issues facing society. The UCLA Pritzker Center for Strengthening Children and Families will be a tremendous resource for young people in the foster care system and their families."
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