History and Mission

Our Beginnings

Children’s Institute had its beginnings in 1957 in as the Center for Community Study in the Department of Clinical Psychology at the University of Rochester. We began with just one program – Primary Mental Health Project – which was developed to help children with school adjustment difficulties. In 1970, we were incorporated as a not-for-profit organization under the name Primary Mental Health Project, Inc. As our organization continued to grow and develop, we wanted a way to better represent the breadth of our work. So, in 2000, we changed our name to Children’s Institute, Inc. Since then, we have continued to uphold our mission by serving children and families in new and creative ways.

Children's Institute Today

We are more committed than ever to finding the best ways to support the needs of children. Through sound research and evaluation and collaborative relationships with school districts, government, and community partners, we continue to develop and promote effective prevention and early intervention programs, materials, and best practices for children, families, schools, and communities. Today we serve professionals across the U.S. through a number of programs and services that are grounded in research and offer new and innovative solutions to challenges that children face in their everyday lives.



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Children's Institute equips and supports those who work with children to ensure the success of every child.
Children’s Institute is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

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