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Future of Children Research

Universal Approaches to Promoting Healthy Development, SPRING 2019

How can society best support parents, beginning early in their children’s lives?  The primary assumption is that unless we can develop programs and strategies with universal reach to help parents at all levels of need, we will fight a never-ending battle to deal with families and children exhibiting individual problems that affect child development and child safety. The newest edition of the jointly-published Princeton-Brookings “Future of Children” journal highlights efforts that are showing scholars and policymakers how programs that help all or nearly all families in a community might be developed, tested and used as a platform to employ existing resources more efficiently.

In “Achieving Broad-Scale Impacts for Social Programs,” a featured policy brief released alongside the journal, issue editors Deborah Daro of Chapin Hall, Kenneth A. Dodge of Duke University, and Brookings Senior Fellow Ron Haskins call for a system of psychosocial care for young families, akin to the existing health care system, in which well-baby visits are universal and spaced out across the early
lifespan, not triggered by an illness or medical diagnosis. As an example of what such a strategy could accomplish, they highlight the Family Connects program, designed at Duke University and first implemented in Durham, NC.

Read the full journal on the Future of Children website.

You can also visit this page to watch the video from the journal’s May 29 launch at Brookings.


Past Editions of The Future of Children

Reducing Justice System Inequality (Vol. 28, no. 1)


Social and Emotional Learning (Vol. 27, no. 1)


Starting Early: Education from Prekindergarten to Third Grade (Vol. 26, no. 2)


Children and Climate Change (Vol. 26, no. 1)


Marriage and Child Wellbeing Revisited (Vol. 25, no. 2)


Policies to Promote Child Health (Vol. 25, no. 1)


Childhood Food Insecurity in the U.S: Trends, Causes, and Policy Options (Fall 2014 Research Report)


Helping Parents, Helping Children: Two-Generation Mechanisms (Vol. 24, no. 1)


Military Families (Vol. 23, no. 2)


Postsecondary Education (Vol. 23, no. 1)


Literacy Challenges (Vol. 22, no. 2)


Children with Disabilities (Vol. 22, no. 1)


Work and Family (Vol. 21, no. 2)


Immigrant Children (Vol. 21, no. 1)


Fragile Families (Vol. 20, no. 2)


Transition to Adulthood (Vol. 20, no. 1)


Preventing Child Maltreatment (Vol. 19, no. 2)


America’s High Schools (Vol. 19, no. 1)


Juvenile Justice (Vol. 18, no. 2)


Children and Electronic Media (Vol. 18, no. 1)


The Next Generation of Antipoverty Policies (Vol. 17, no. 2)


Excellence in the Classroom (Vol. 17, no. 1)


Opportunity in America (Vol. 16, no. 2)


Childhood Obesity (Vol. 16, no. 1)


Marriage and Child Wellbeing (Vol. 15, no. 2)


School Readiness: Closing Racial and Ethnic Gaps (Vol. 15, no. 1)


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