Child Well-being: A Framework for Policy and Practice
The University of Chicago Gleacher Center
450 North Cityfront Plaza Drive
How can the science of child development and well-being be integrated into policy and practice? Recent attention at federal and state levels on "well-being" provides an opportunity to consider what is included in well-being, how to measure it, and the implications for policies and programmatic approaches that improve well-being across child-serving systems. A large body of research and science points to the need to create nurturing environments where children can develop along a healthy trajectory physically, cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. When adverse childhood experiences and trauma occur, development can be derailed. Using evidence-based interventions to help children get back on track is important.
In this forum, we explored the connection between healthy child development and well-being, provided several frameworks for understanding the domains and measurable indicators of well-being, and considered steps that can be taken to improve well-being and developmental functioning. Several well-being frameworks were presented. Participants were encouraged to explore how policies, practices, assessments, and interventions in their work could be organized around a well-being framework to more effectively ensure a positive life course for children.
February 18, 2014
Panel and Resources
- Anthony Biglan, Senior Scientist, Oregon Research Institute
- The Critical Role of Nurturing Environments for Promoting Human Well-being (.PDF)
- Promise Neighborhoods Framework; Komro, Biglan et al
- Barbara Langford, Director, Youth Transitions Funders Group
- Framework for Well-being for Older Youth in Foster Care
- Well-being Investment Framework; Foster Care Work Group (.PDF)
- Roger Weissberg, President and CEO, Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning
- Bryan Samuels, Executive Director, Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago
- Executive Summary of "Healthy Development Summit II: Changing Frames and Expanding Partnerships to Promote Children's Mental Health and Social/Emotional Development"
- Preventing Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Disorders Among Young People: Progress and Possibilities
- Assets, Economic Opportunity and Toxic Stress: A Framework for Understanding Child and Educational Outcomes
- Presentation Slides (.PDF)
- Panel bios (.PDF)