I knew that our students really wanted to learn, but there was this block that was the result of something outside school. I was thrilled to find this program and learn that somebody understands that we all need to know so much more if we really want our students to succeed.
— School Psychologist

Children spend an average of 35 hours per week in school settings surrounded by adults who directly observe their academic and social functioning. Schools are an opportune environment where problems can be detected early and children can receive treatment that fosters healthy psychological development. We partner with schools and youth-serving organizations to deliver evidence-based interventions, increase access to care, and improve systems that serve children.

Notable Engagements

Chicago Public Schools

CCR has been working with the Chicago Public Schools since 2003 to address students’ social-emotional needs and to decrease barriers to access mental health services. Since 2015, CCR has trained more than

The partnership has included professional development and training for teachers and school personnel; classroom curriculum development and delivery; summer camp programming that integrates academic, recreational, and social-emotional learning goals; and individual and group clinical interventions.

CCR has actively advocated for philanthropic investment to build and expand the district’s workforce capacity to meet student and school community mental health needs. CCR provides sustainable consulting to district and school administrators, clinicians, and educators with a range of coaching, training, and technical assistance services. 


Hinsdale South High School

CCR launched a partnership with Hinsdale South High School during the 2016-2017 academic year, with the broad goal of helping Hinsdale South respond to the needs of a diverse student body by working to integrate trauma sensitive policies and practices.  CCR launched this initiative with a baseline assessment of the Hinsdale South staff, followed by a 3-part introductory trauma training series to the entire staff.

During the 2017-2018 academic year, our work with Hinsdale South is focused on: 1) creation of a trauma-informed care workgroup 2) ongoing strategic planning, consultation, and monitoring data outcomes 3) youth and family engagement 4) policy review 5) intensive coaching of small groups of staff 7) introduction of trauma screening tools for school-based mental health professionals, and finally 8) training and implementation support.


Champaign Unit 4 School District

CCR has been collaborating with Champaign Unit 4 School District since Fall 2015 to build the capacity of the district’s workforce, expand trauma-informed practices and mental health services, and foster well-being and resiliency in the Champaign community. Working with the Head of Special Education, we are currently providing strategic consulting/planning, Tier I trauma training and local cadre development, and Tier II trainings and supported implementation. We are also spearheading efforts to collect data on students served via these interventions to demonstrate impact.

Champaign has reported that CCR’s work has enabled their staff to maximize their impact on student social and emotional learning, and early outcomes have shown positive results in student attendance, academic engagement, in-class time, and family involvement. 

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Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana

In 2017, the Center for Childhood Resilience began a strategic partnership with the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana to build resiliency within young women and girls, and to embed social emotional learning standards into the GirlSpace curriculum.

Throughout 2017-2018, CCR will collaborate with the Girl Scouts to ensure alignment of the GirlSpace curriculum with established Social Emotional Learning Standards (SEL) including assessment of impact. Additionally, CCR will lend expertise to develop a trauma-informed framework for the GirlSpace program and promote awareness of trauma and trauma-informed practices with Girl Scout volunteer troop leaders.