Center for Children, Families and Communities

The goal of the Center for Children, Families and Communities (CCFC) is to improve the well-being of children and families, with a special focus on reducing health disparities. The CCFC accomplishes this goal primarily through three types of activities: 

  • Innovative research supported by external funding
  • Out-of-classroom education for graduate and undergraduate students
  • State-of-the-science mental health interventions for Michigan families

These activities target priority areas identified by communities and community organizations that work in partnership with the CCFC. Families must read the new guidelines for participating in research at the CCFC prior to coming to campus.

CCFC Brochure

Recruiting families for our PATCH Program

Is your child’s behavior hard to manage? Are meal times a struggle? Do you have trouble dealing with your child’s use of tablets, video games, phones or TV? The PATCH Program may be for you. We are currently recruiting families. Please review the  PATCH Program flyer for more information.

Book release

Dr. Niec’s new book is available for review here: Handbook on Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Innovations and Applications for Research and Practice.


Please contact the CCFC for a current summary of program fees.


CMU provides individuals with disabilities reasonable accommodations to participate in educational programs, activities, and services. Individuals or families requiring accommodations should  contact the CFCC.


You are welcome to make a donation to the CCFC by check or Central Michigan University's online giving form. Please direct your gift to the Center for Children, Families and Communities in the Add Your Gift portion of the form. Your contribution may be eligible to receive charitable tax treatment on your federal tax return. Thank you for your consideration of a gift to support the Center for Children, Families and Communities at Central Michigan University!

CMU opens new parent/child training and research center