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.

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.