Child Well-Being

Develop & Disseminate Knowledge

For healthy changes to take root and last in the lives of children and families for generations to come, successes, challenges, best practices and relevant research need to be shared broadly across the field. While research pertaining to the prevention of child abuse and neglect continues to be an important funding priority for the Child Well-being Program, the program recognizes the importance of building a broader audience for this information.

To that end, the program seeks to support efforts that test new approaches to better educate policymakers, practitioners, parents and the general public about child development, early brain development, and best practices for the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions that positively affect children and families. The program seeks to ensure that learning is shared as broadly and effectively as possible through varied platforms, including academic journals, white papers, popular media and in-person gatherings.

The Child Well-being Program also supports the training of future cohorts of leaders from a variety of disciplines, experiences, cultures and backgrounds responsible for shaping the experiences and outcomes of future generations of healthy children and families. The Doris Duke Fellowships for the Promotion of Child Well-Being is a key example of a multidisciplinary program that supports doctoral students from various academic backgrounds committed to contributing new knowledge to the field.

The following are examples of organizations and activities that DDCF supports under this strategy. (Please see DDCF’s Grant Recipients database for more examples.)