International Child Development & Social Policy

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About 

Despite the unequivocal scientific evidence in support of early childhood development (ECD), over 200 million young children across the globe are not achieving their potential. The majority of the world’s children live in developing countries and they continue to bear the greatest burden of poverty, disease, and conflict situations. The need to take hold and turn these world conditions on an axis is clear; despite tremendous scientific advancements, progress has been slow in adopting these children into international policies that can potentially make a difference in their lives, globally.

The international early childhood development and policy initiatives being carried out by the Yale Child Study Center are in response to this clear and urgent need. The goals of this work have been motivated by poor developmental outcomes for young children, globally, and the incredible scientific evidence that is being generated to ameliorate these outcomes. These initiatives endeavor to bring the evidence to bear an effect upon the formulation, implementation and analysis of international development frameworks and national-level social and public policies that impact the lives of young children.

Leadership

Who's who? View our current leadership here.

Projects

At present, the following projects have been initiated with goals to generate scientific evidence and share that knowledge, inform policy, translate science into practice, and advocate for the empowerment and well-being of children, their families and communities across the globe:

Featured Book

Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families

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Edited by James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick and Rima Salah / Yale University

Can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how we raise our children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community. More ...


United Nations / Can positive early childhood development lead to more peaceful societies?

United Nations HQ NYC / 9 September 2014 - On the occasion of the 2014 UN High-level Forum on The Culture of Peace on 9th September, Yale University along with members of the Early Childhood Peace Consortium, UNICEF and the Global Movement for the Culture of Peace organized a luncheon with distinguished guests to discuss the transformative power of children and families as a pathway to peace. We have captured the knowledge, ideas and human spirit shared during the event here.