CERES Institute for Children and Youth

The CERES Institute believes all children and youth, regardless of background or circumstance, deserve all the supports they need to become thriving adults.

Current Initiatives

Relationship-Focused Schools Initiative

Relationship-Focused Schools Initiative

In partnership with MENTOR (the National Mentoring Partnership), CERES Institute is working with a set of school districts on how they can develop a “relationships strategy” for their schools. CERES Institute will serve as a research and evaluation partner for MENTOR during this three-year initiative.

Choices and Challenges

Choices and Challenges

In Florida, thanks to a robust school choice environment, parents of students with disabilities have access to several educational options through two specific statewide scholarship programs. To shed light on how parents utilize these scholarships, a team of researchers from CERES Institute for Children and Youth, in partnership with the Department of Education Reform at the University of Arkansas, share findings from a mixed-methods study, conducted between fall 2020 to spring 2021, as well as implications for policy and practice.

Debate-Inspired Classrooms Learning Plan

Debate-Inspired Classrooms Learning Plan

How can Debate-Inspired Classrooms better engage students as leaders in their own learning? The CERES Institute for Children & Youth is partnering with the Boston Debate League and Boston Public Schools’ Dr. William W. Henderson Inclusion School to answer this question and more.

CERES Institute Voices

Using the Web of Support Framework

Using the Web of Support Framework

A web of support represents all of the relationships and resources in a young person’s life, and how they all fit together. Learn how a Web of Support framework can be used to support young people you work with and care about.

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Parents Need Webs of Support, Too

Parents Need Webs of Support, Too

CERES Institute Director Jonathan Zaff reflects on our recent study, Choices & Challenges, and how it illuminates that Webs of Support are essential for adults, too.

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