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National Center for Children and Families

Jeanne Brooks-Gunn, Ph.D.

Co-Director, NCCF


Sharon Lynn Kagan, Ed.D.
Co-Director, NCCF

Contact Information:
National Center for Children and Families
Teachers College, Columbia University
Thorndike Hall, 2nd Floor
525 West 120th Street, Box 39
New York, New York 10027

The National Center for Children and Families (NCCF) advances the policy, education, and development of children and their families.  Housed at Teachers College, Columbia University, NCCF challenges the status quo that perpetuates inequalities among children and families. 

Our work is built on a commitment to eliminate educational, economic, and employment disparities through the production and application of the highest quality scholarship to the most intransigent social problems.

NCCF's extensive research programs benefit multiple constituents, including researchers, policy-makers, early childhood teacher educators, Head Start teachers and directors, practitioners, families, and the general public. 

From inner-city neighborhoods to rural preschools and public schools, from state capitals throughout the U.S. to ministries of education in developing nations, our work has three primary goals:

  • the production of socially relevant, high-quality scholarship;
  • the preparation of next-generation leaders and scholars; and
  • the application of scholarship to the construction of effective social policy.

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