Center for the Study of Social Policy

The Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP) is a national, non-profit organization that connects community action, public system reform, and policy change.  We work to achieve a racially, economically, and socially just society in which all children and families thrive.  To do this, we translate ideas into action, promote public policies grounded in equity, support strong and inclusive communities, and advocate with and for all children and families marginalized by public policies and institutional practices. We are headquartered in Washington, DC, with satellite offices in New York City and Los Angeles.


At CSSP, we recognize the long and devastating history of racism and discrimination in our country.  For the past 15 years, we have intensified our focus on racial justice, LGBTQ+ rights, and immigrant rights, including strengthening our organizational capacity to do this work in collaboration with community.  We are committed to holding anti-racism and intersectionality as core values, doing this work in systems and in the community, and including deep historical research as a foundational part of our work developing and advancing programmatic and policy ideas.  CSSP is committed to working towards being an anti-racist organization and to identifying and eliminating aspects of White supremacy in our policies and culture.