Improving children’s health and development requires strong partnerships, sustainable financing, and the ability to match children’s needs to proven programs, say 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 third grade 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 behavior and interacting positively with their peers. Evidence2Success: Improving Our Children’s Futures is a new project developed by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and several partners. It aims to improve the well-being of children from low-income communities in a city through evidence-based programs, beginning in two communities before expanding citywide. The project targets improvements across five critical areas of children’s health and development: education and skills attainment, behavior, positive relationships, emotional well-being, and physical health. Evidence2Success also examines root causes that affect child well-being and the influences on their lives. These influences include children’s families, community norms and expectations, and schools. Many children growing up in low-income communities are also influenced by public agencies, which often support families’ basic needs or, in child welfare or juvenile justice cases, take on a parental role in the child’s life. Evidence2Success unites all of these influences, to develop a shared vision for children’s health and development.
|What we know|
|● It is important to tackle the root causes that affect child well-being.
● Evidence2Success targets education and skills attainment, as well as behavior, positive relationships, emotional wellbeing, and physical health.
● Evidence-based programs, strong partnerships, and sustainable financing are key to success.
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