About CPPR

Teri discussing a bright spot during CPPR's Monday morning connect meeting
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
Happy extended family


We envision healthy, happy, thriving communities for us all.
Moms and a baby


We seek to optimize the well-being of children, youth, and families.

Commitment to Equity

As an Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI) center, we share this commitment to equity.

At the heart of our mission, the University of Kansas AAI is dedicated to improving the lives of people in the many communities we serve. To this end we commit to addressing the structural and systemic inequities that prevent marginalized populations from thriving. We strive to create a safe workplace where there is zero tolerance for discrimination and harassment. We stand with Black Lives Matter, Indigenous Peoples, the LGBTQIA+ community, and all individuals who are marginalized or oppressed. We join the movement to make KU and the world around us a better place.

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.

The Achievement & Assessment Institute

CPPR is part 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.