The Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development (GUCCHD) brings a multi-disciplinary approach to improving the lives of children, adults and families focusing on several key areas.

Behavioral Health

The Center is a national hub to improve the behavioral health of children and families through supporting the growth of coordinated systems of care with critical resources and direct assistance, advancing the uptake of evidence base of services and conducting health services research to develop, adapt and evaluate promising prevention and treatment services.

Cultural Competence

We are national leaders in helping infuse cultural competence into systems and organizations through training and technical assistance, including the development of effective materials and measurement tools.

Developmental Disabilities

Through initiatives spanning the life course, the developmental disabilities team works to improve the health and well-being of individuals with disabilities through efforts to increase the capacity of the workforce to provide effective services, supporting self-determination and developing and evaluating community based programs.

Early Childhood

Based on converging scientific evidence from neuroscience, education and public health, which indicates that interventions in the early childhood years can positively alter the trajectories of at risk youth, our early childhood team conducts research, training and service development to impact early experiences, particularly the interaction between children and their parents and other caregivers in the family and community.


  • Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Needs Assessment
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  • Disparities in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Services and Supports: Why should we focus on disparities in intellectual and developmental disabilities services and supports?
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  • What's Working? A Study of the Intersection of Family, Friend, and Neighbor Networks and Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation
    - Full Report
    - Summary of Key Findings
    - Brochure
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  • Supporting Young Children’s Social Emotional Development in DC Child Care Centers Learn More
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Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development is a designated University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities.