About the Center for Civic Education Print

The Center for Civic Education is an independent, non profit organization with offices in Los Angeles. California, and Washington D.C. The Center's domestic programs are implemented in every state, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the United States Virgin Islands. The Center's international programs involve partnerships with more than eighty other nations.

The Center has its roots in the interdisciplinary Committee on Civic Education, which formed in 1965 at the University of California, Los Angeles, to develop more effective curricular programs in elementary and secondary civic education. In 1969 the Center became affiliated with the State Bar of California, and in 1981 it was established as an independent nonprofit organization.

The principle goals of the Center's programs are to help students develop

  • an increased understanding of the institutions of constitutional democracy and the fundamental principles and values upon which they are founded;
  • the skills necessary to participate as effective and responsible citizens;
  • the willingness to use democratic procedures for making decisions and managing conflict.
Ultimately, the Center strives to develop an enlightened citizenry by working to increase teachers' and students' understanding of the principles, values, institutions, and history of constitutional democracy.

We the People: The Citizen and the Constitution is directed by the Center for Civic Education and funded by the U.S. Department of Education under the Education for Democracy Act approved by the United States Congress.