We believe all children should receive the support they need to achieve resiliency in the face of adversity.

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The Center for Childhood Resilience (CCR) is dedicated to promoting access to high-quality mental health services for children and adolescents across Illinois and nationwide.


We must recognize that schools are functioning as the de facto mental health system for children and adolescents. Educators need effective tools to respond to student needs.
— Colleen Cicchetti, Ph.D., Founder and Executive Director

Founded in 2007 and housed within one of the nation's leading pediatric hospitals, CCR provides training, education, and outreach to school professionals, community agencies, city leaders, and parents to increase young people's access to mental health services. We share insights and best practices, advocate and lead policy reform, and conduct research to advance innovative, sustainable, and evidence-based strategies that advance mental health reform and build trauma-informed communities. Critical to this work is a commitment to ensuring the fidelity and sustainability of the models of care that are implemented. 



Improving Children’s access to Mental Health services

Center for Health and Behavioral Health in Schools, 2012.

Center for Health and Behavioral Health in Schools, 2012.

It is estimated that 7.5 million children in the U.S. are not receiving the mental health care they need.

Our model of care centers on what is needed in each child’s life to build their resiliency. Children who are resilient are better able to cope with challenges, manage stress, and make healthy choices. This begins with ensuring that their mental health needs are met.