Nan Crouter Named Chair of Christian Children’s Fund Board of Directors

March 17, 2005

(University Park, Pa) — Dr. Ann C. Crouter, professor of human development and family studies and director of the Center for Work and Family Research at Penn State, has been elected to serve as the chair of the Christian Children’s Fund Board of Directors.

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Headquartered in Richmond, Virginia, the Christian Children’s Fund (CCF) is one of the most recognized and respected child development organizations in the world. The non-sectarian, non-evangelical charitable organization currently provides health, nutrition, educational and other programs that protect and nurture more than 7.6 million children and family members in 30 countries regardless of race, creed or gender. Since its inception in 1938, CCF has provided more than $2.2 billion in services to children, with most of the funding coming from individual contributors in the form of monthly child sponsorships. CCF also receives grants and donations that support emergency relief, micro-enterprise activities for parents, health and immunization programs and services for victims of war.

Since joining the Penn State faculty in 1981, Crouter has established herself as one of the foremost authorities on the implications of parents’ work situations for family life and, subsequently, their impact on child and adolescent development. Since 1986, she has been the co-director of the Penn State Family Relationships Project, a set of studies funded by the National Institute for Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) that seeks to understand family dynamics in middle childhood and adolescence.

In addition to her ongoing involvement in the Family Relationships Project, Crouter has served as director of the Center for Work and Family Research since 2002. She also leads the Pennsylvania site for the Family Life Project, a $16.5 million study also being funded by NICHD. The study, being conducted in collaboration with the University of North Carolina, is following more than 1,200 children from selected rural counties in North Carolina and in Pennsylvania from infancy through the first three years of the children’s lives in order to gauge their biological, emotional, cognitive and social development in the context of family and community life.

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Editors: Dr. Crouter can be reached at (814) 865-2647 or For additional information, please contact Bill Hessert, director of college relations for the College of Health and Human Development, at (814) 863-4325 or