Our Vision for this space is to provide not only "trainings" but a place for learning from one another, for engaging in practice conversation and building community. We invite engagement in the "comments" sections and ongoing feedback. We believe in sharing our learning and magnifying the voices of those with lived expertise. Thank you for being here with us!

The Catalyst Center is committed to advancing evidence-based innovations that support diverse communities, and dedicated to research and evaluation that promotes social justice in these fields. As the cornerstones of this work, our resource center prioritizes research, capacity building, and peer connection methods that elevate the voices and realities of historically marginalized communities and those that are most impacted by the work of community-based organizations.

The Catalyst Center is a leading training and technical assistance organization representing the interests of child and family serving professionals in the state of California and beyond.

"We recognize our interconnectedness and the necessity to strive for deep levels of collaboration to bring together organizations who serve children and families, break isolation, and promote peer sharing. No one can do this alone."

Child and Family Centered

We engage and promote those most impacted by representing diverse communities across the state and ensuring they have a seat at the decision-making table.

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

We commit to diversity, equity and inclusiveness in our practices, policies, advocacy and member support.

Innovation and Improvement

We engage in critical dialogue and analysis to continuously innovate and improve practice models that are rooted in evidence.

We invest in staff that reflect the communities we serve & support. It is important to us that staff are informed & supported by trauma-informed practices and can maintain endurance in the field.

Meet our CEO, Chris Stoner-Mertz, LCSW

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