Newsletter Article

CCFW Receives $2.6M from the Ballmer Group

The Department of Psychology is thrilled to announce that the Center for Child & Family Well-being (CCFW) was recently awarded a transformative $2.6M gift by the Ballmer Group. CCFW, a center within UW Psychology, promotes the mental health and well-being of children, youth, and families with research and real-world solutions. CCFW conducts scientific research and translates findings into effective practices for parents, caregivers, educators, and practitioners. The CCFW’s whole child approach connects the roles that families, providers, and communities have on a child’s well-being and resilience, from birth through adolescence.  

The gift from the Ballmer Group will be used to share evidence-based prevention practices with communities that are often underserved. Using a train-the-trainer approach, community providers are trained to offer prevention interventions or to incorporate cognitive behavioral and mindfulness practices from prevention programs into their work to support child, youth, and family well-being. CCFW aims to equip community providers with tools and resources that can reduce the future need for intensive clinical services.  

Liliana Lengua, Ph.D., UW’s Maritz Family Foundation Professor of Psychology and the CCFW director, wishes to thank the Ballmer Group for investing in the mental health of Washington state's children, families, and community providers.

“We’re grateful to have the Ballmer Group’s support of our innovative model of embedding prevention resources in community settings where families already have connections to providers and trusting relationships. Our prevention programs support the mental health and well-being of children, youth and families by offering evidence-based cognitive-behavioral and mindfulness practices to youth, providers and parents. Through our train-the-trainer model, the Ballmer Group funding will allow us to increase access to prevention resources in communities that are often farthest from those resources, supporting the social-emotional well-being of children by supporting the well-being of the adults in their lives.” 

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Every gift to the CCFW furthers the center’s innovative research and equips parents and practitioners with the tools and practices they need to ensure a bright future for the next generation. To make a financial gift, visit