The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) was established over four decades ago to improve the quality of life for all children and youth, especially those with, or at risk for, special needs and their families.

Located in the nation's capital, this exceptional center both directly serves vulnerable children and their families, as well as influences local, state, national and international programs and policy.


Marisa Brown, Director of the Developmental Disabilities Administration Health Initiative joined Executive Director of Disability Rights International, Eric Rosenthal, and David Muir of ABC News in Mexico City to investigate the abuse of people with disabilities. As the clinical expert on the team, Marisa provided technical assistance and capacity-building to support staff in the care and treatment of the disabled.  Her trip highlighted the plight of children and youth with disabilities who continue to live in deplorable conditions in government-funded facilities despite the ban on the use of restraints and cages. 
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Learn about the new Challenges in Childhood and Society course cluster available to all Georgetown University undergraduate students!
It focuses on intersections among child health and well-being, family life, and the social structures that support the developing child, and is a collaboration between the Main and Medical campuses. We are proud to support this innovative and exciting course cluster!

Early Childhood Intervention: The Power of Family
Learn more about the importance of early childhood intervention from world leaders in the field of early childhood development.
Dr. Toby Long
, Director of the GU Certificate in Early intervention in collaboration with Open Society Foundations discusses key factors related to the importance of early childhood intervention.