3 Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

‘...these three principles can guide decision-makers as they choose among policy alternatives, design new approaches, and shift existing practice...’



'The science of child development and the core capabilities of resilient adults point to a set of “design principles” that policymakers and practitioners in many different sectors can use to improve outcomes for children and families.

To be maximally effective, policies and services should:

1. Support responsive relationships for children and adults.

2. Strengthen core skills for planning, adapting, and achieving goals.

3. Reduce sources of stress in the lives of children and families'


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