About CPPR

We seek to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families.
Father and mother carrying their smiling children on their backs


We envision healthy, happy, thriving communities for us all.
Jackie Counts

Adapting to the changing needs of communities and families is challenging work, but we put our energy towards long-term futures in which significant change is possible. At CPPR we imagine–and then lead–transformative change today.

Jackie Counts
CPPR Director

The Achievement & Assessment Institute

CPPR is one of the founding centers of the Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI) at the University of Kansas. AAI and its centers partner with numerous agencies to improve the lives of children and adults through academics, employment, career advancement, and building healthy environments, as well as to enhance the capacity of organizations that help children, adults, and communities succeed.

Commitment to Equity

As an AAI center, we share this commitment to equity.

The Achievement & Assessment Institute is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the many communities we serve. Our mission requires that we seek out and address the structural and systemic injustices preventing marginalized communities from thriving. We endeavor to not only be free of bias but to also adapt our approaches to the specific needs and lived experiences of each population with whom we work.  

Therefore, we commit to creating a supportive work environment where our staff, partners, and clients feel safe to share their ideas, critically examine their biases, and push positive, lasting change. We commit to uplifting the voices of all marginalized and oppressed communities as we strive toward a just and equitable future.

Land Acknowledgement

The University of Kansas currently resides on the ancestral territory of several tribal nations, including the Kaw, Osage, and Shawnee peoples. Specifically, the University occupies land taken from these nations in 1825 with the Kaw Treaty and with the Shawnee Treaty enforced in 1854. We acknowledge the painful history of genocide and forced removal from this territory, and we honor and respect the many diverse Indigenous peoples still connected to this land. Our Center recognizes and supports the sovereignty of all Indigenous people and communities, including the four-federally recognized tribes of Kansas: the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation, the Kickapoo Tribe in Kansas, the Sac and Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska, and the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska. This acknowledgment compels us to continue advocating for, supporting, and hiring Indigenous students and staff while also amplifying the voices of our Native American students and colleagues.