The primary goal of the Center is to conduct research that promotes effective and sustainable mental health services to support the prevention, early intervention, and treatment of urban children's mental health difficulties. The Center’s specific goals are to:
1. Collaborate with key policy stakeholders to advance policy on effective practices supporting children’s learning and social and emotional development.
2. Build capacity by activating influential community members to support children and families within natural community settings.
3. Revise the role and function of mental health providers to support children and families within natural community settings
4. Focus on relevance, feasibility and sustainability in the design and implementation of prevention to intervention services