The Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families

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The Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth, and Families at San Francisco State University brings together faculty, community members, and students to address the ever-changing needs of children, youth, and families. The institute serves as a powerful tool of outreach, advocacy, and research. The mission of the institute is:

  • To offer an interdisciplinary degree program in child and adolescent development.
  • The Bachelor of Arts in Child and Adolescent Development program concentrates on children and youth within their family and social environments, with special attention to historical and multicultural perspectives. Concentrations are offered in the areas of young child and family, school-age child and family, youth and family, and research and public policy. Courses are taught by faculty from five SF State colleges: Liberal & Creative Arts, Graduate College of Education, Ethnic Studies, Health and Social Sciences, and Science and Engineering.
  • To promote collaboration among faculty, and to create public outreach, social advocacy, and other partnerships between SF State and the community.
  • The Child Study Center on campus offers a focused child development program for 2-3 and 3-4 year olds. In this setting, expert faculty provide student interns with experiences that strengthen their knowledge and skills in a variety of disciplines related to the growth and development of children. The Marian Wright Edelman Institute also provides a flexible structure that promotes systematic collaboration among campus departments, programs, and schools; and collegial collaboration and partnerships among faculty with wide ranging research agendas. The institute promotes and facilitates community outreach and partnerships with individuals, agencies, and institutions to improve the quality of life for children, youth, and families through education, social services, and health delivery projects.
  • To foster research and scholarly work.
  • The University's long, productive history of attracting grants and contracts related to the study of children, youth, and families has included funding from government agencies and private foundations. Through innovative partnerships between the community and the University, and by bringing together SF State colleges and departments, the institute enhances San Francisco State's prospects for continuing creative research and civic engagement.

For further information about the institute, contact the institute office at 415-405-3564.