CEDaR was developed out of the Children Youth and Environments center, and the concepts of youth participation and the child-friendly city are at the heart of our work.

Growing Up Boulder is a “child and youth-friendly city initiative” that began in the spring of 2009 through a Memorandum of Understanding between the University of Colorado Boulder, the city of Boulder and the Boulder Valley School District, working in partnership with local nonprofits, businesses, and many participating children and youth. Child and youth-friendly cities recognize the rights and interests of children in local policy, law, programs and budgets as outlined in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. 

Growing Up Boulder's vision is to make Boulder an exemplary child and youth-friendly city. Its mission is to empower Boulder's young people with opportunities for inclusion, influence and deliberation on local issues that affect their lives. We accomplish this through many diverse partnerships and supporters.

Because underrepresented children and youth are even less likely to have their voices heard than majority groups, we aim for 50 percent or more of Growing Up Boulder's participants to include young people from the following backgrounds: immigrants, English Language Learners, low-income, ethnic minorities, first generation college-bound students and/or young people with disabilities. Other new initiatives are underway including the Bringing School Home project.

CEDaR previously sponsored the Children, Youth and Environments journal.