Center for Child and Youth Policy

Center for Child and Youth Policy

CCYP was formed in 2000 to establish a community of scholars focused on the unique needs and issues of children, youth, and families in the 21st century. Led by Co-Directors Jill Duerr Berrick and Neil Gilbert, CCYP facilitates interdisciplinary discussion and scholarship dissemination, drawing on faculty from nine departments and Schools on the UC Berkeley Campus as well as members from other universities in the area. Throughout the academic year, CCYP hosts leaders in the field for presentations to stimulate creative thinking and the exchange of ideas on public policy concerns facing today’s families.

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Jill Duerr Berrick’s research focuses on the child welfare system and efforts to improve the experiences of children and families touched by foster care. Her interests target the intersection between poverty, early childhood development, parenting and the service systems designed to address these issues. Her research approach typically relies upon the voices of service system consumers to identify the impacts of social problems and social service solutions on family life.

Neil Gilbert is the Milton and Gertrude Chernin Professor of Social Welfare and Social. Dr. Gilbert is also the co-director of the Center for Child and Youth Policy, director of the Center for Comparative Family Welfare and Poverty Research and the founding director of the Family Welfare Research Group. His publications include 31 books and 130 articles. His most recent books are A Mother’s Work (Yale University Press, 2008) and Never Enough (Oxford University Press, forthcoming)