For nearly four decades, the Mailman School of Public Health has been at the forefront of local and international efforts to promote the health and development of young children facing a wide range of adversities and disparities, ranging from low income to forced migration in violent settings. Projects aim to strengthen families at the individual, community and systems levels, in collaboration with health, educational, and governmental institutions.  Some of our current projects include:

  • Identifying the attributes of resilient households in Uganda and developing strategies to scale up positive parenting

  • Bringing mobile playground units to extremely vulnerable children in deprived settings around the world: the large blue blocks empower children to dream and create through dramatic, constructive and gross motor play

  • Implementing a curriculum in Head Start classrooms to improve school readiness in literacy, math and self-regulation skills

  • Conducting longitudinal research on the adverse effects of exposures to toxic pollutants on the health and well-being of pregnant women and children

  • Working with university faculty to develop an interdisciplinary Masters Degree in early child development in Uganda, Indonesia and Bangladesh

  • Evaluating programming fostering healthy development for girls, including a parenting curriculum, in humanitarian contexts in Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ethiopia and Pakistan

  • Working with the Cambodian National Institute of Statistics to establish a national estimate and profile of children living in residential care in Cambodia