About CYFS

The Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools (CYFS), housed within the College of Education & Human Sciences (CEHS), is a dynamic interdisciplinary entity with a specific mission, background, goal and related objectives.


About CYFS

Mission

The mission of the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools is to advance the conduct of high-quality interdisciplinary research to promote the intellectual, behavioral, and social-emotional development and functioning of individuals across educational, familial and community contexts. Central to this is enhancing our understanding of how these complex systems work dynamically to support the future of our nation.

Background

The center was initiated as a Program of Excellence to establish an interdisciplinary research climate comprising researchers from several departments and colleges (College of Education & Human Sciences, College of Arts & Sciences) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with faculty from the University of Nebraska Medical Center and the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Goals

  • Goal 1: Create, nurture and sustain an environment that will build capacity of researchers to conduct research related to children, youth, families and schools (i.e., in the core domains of early childhood education and intervention; academic intervention, instruction and learning; youth risk, resilience and health promotion).
  • Goal 2: Build intellectual capital by contributing to the development, dissemination and integration of the scientific knowledge base across research and applied setting as pertinent to children, youth, families and schools (i.e., in the core domains of early childhood education and intervention; academic intervention, instruction and learning; youth risk, resilience and health promotion).
  • Goal 3: Enhance the scope, quality and impact of UNL's grant-supported interdisciplinary research related to children, youth, families and schools (i.e., in the core domains of early childhood education and intervention; academic intervention, instruction and learning; youth risk, resilience and health promotion).

These goals are accomplished by bringing together investigators with expertise in these areas who conduct basic and applied research that will inform the design, implementation and evaluation of exemplary, evidence-based prevention and intervention models in field settings. By drawing together resources and expertise, CYFS is a centerpiece for research excellence in Nebraska, benefiting academic programs across the University of Nebraska system.

The Center serves as a catalyst for cutting edge, interdisciplinary research that achieves its objectives by:

  • facilitating the development of interdisciplinary collaborative research teams who can author joint publications and compete for large-scale grants;
  • building capacity by recruiting new members, providing mentors to junior faculty, and training graduate students;
  • increasing grant competitiveness by providing support in proposal development, research methodology and grant administration;
  • expanding research networks, disseminating research findings, and increasing visibility; and
  • offering opportunities for interaction with other researchers nationally, internationally and through Web-based and traditional strategies for the dissemination of information about the center, its activities and research programs.