Building on what works: Improving children’s futures

Improving children’s health and development requires strong partnerships, sustainable financing, and the ability to match children’s needs to proven programmes, says Jessica Ripper and Abel Ortiz

RESEARCH HAS IDENTIFIED A NUMBER of critical milestones that predict success in school. For example, children who enter school ready to learn, have a strong attendance record, and are proficient readers by age 8 are more likely to do well. However, academic success also depends on a child’s ability to reach non-academic milestones, such as regulating their behaviour and interacting positively with their peers.

What we know
● It is important to tackle the root causes that affect child wellbeing.
● Evidence2Success targets education and skills attainment as well as behaviour, positive relationships, emotional wellbeing, and physical health.
● Evidence-based programmes, strong partnerships, and sustainable financing are key to success.

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February 2012