The Center for Improving Community Linkages (CICL) is an applied research center of the Orelena Hawks Puckett Institute. The major aims of CICL are the identification and promotion of evidence-based practices and models for locating and linking infants, toddlers, and young children and their families with appropriate family-desired community resources, supports, and services.
CICL staff develop and identify practices that are guided by theory or existing research. Center staff also explore the adoption and use of community linkage practices that have asset-based, promotional, and capacity-building characteristics and that examine the manner in which these approaches are related to positive outcomes and consequences for children and their families.
The Center provides a forum for researchers, program developers, practitioners, and families to identify models and practices that are most likely to ensure the appropriate linkage of children, parents, and families with the community resources, supports, and services that families indicate they need to enhance the growth and development of their children and family.