While embracing a life course perspective, we aim to go well beyond the coordination of services to develop new strategies that identify critical periods over the life course where interventions can shape the environment in ways that will sustain program effects and link early ‘successes’ to the next stage of development. This thinking is not only rooted in neuroscience and developmental biology, but also recognizes that threats to healthy development change over time, and that public health programming must be linked temporally and programmatically across the stages of development. For public health purposes, the points of intervention must be leveraged. This approach opens up a whole new arena for purposeful investigation--a research, training and policy agenda that uses comparative effectiveness, econometric, and complex systems techniques to integrate the rapidly expanding basic science with the applied lessons of child life in the real world.
Design and evaluate innovative programs for young children
Recognizing that many of the most persistent health disparities have their origins in the earliest years, CHILD deploys new advances in developmental brain science to create, monitor, and improve programs with the most far-reaching effects on children’s economic and social well-being.
Train public health professionals
Better childhood health and learning potential depend on effective leadership. CHILD invests in a private and public workforce committed to optimal child development and elimination of childhood health disparities in the United States and elsewhere.
Translate scientific evidence into practice
CHILD facilitates the dissemination and implementation of novel ideas across a range of audiences, including educators, clinicians, community stakeholders, and policy makers.
Scale up public health solutions
In order to introduce larger populations of children and families to successful, evidence-based interventions, CHILD engages local and national health systems in the translation and implementation of science into practice.
Inform public health policy
CHILD strives to influence policy decisions that support optimal child development supported by safe, secure, and environmentally just community conditions.