About Us

 Making expertise accessible across Montana 

The Center is a multidisciplinary team of professors, researchers, policy advocates, child welfare specialists, and health care professionals, representing a breadth and depth of professional experience in working with Montanans and the issues that impact their lives. Our team’s combination of statewide presence, entrepreneurial spirit, and technological know-how means the Center can take a unique and dynamic approach to addressing the needs of Montana’s citizens and communities.


In the spring of 2015, the University of Montana launched the Center for Children, Families, and Workforce Development to help improve the lives of children and youth and the parents, caregivers, and professionals responsible for their care, treatment, and education.

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Center is to enhance the health of Montanans by transforming the systems that serve us. We envision a Montana where everyone is served by high-quality and equitable systems of care. The Center accomplishes this through our three priority areas: workforce development, research and data, and policy.