Child Well-being


The mission of the Child Well-being Program is to promote children’s healthy development and protect them from abuse and neglect.

About Doris Duke and Child Well-being

Doris Duke took a special interest in the well-being of children, supporting nearly 85 child welfare organizations during her life. In her will, Doris Duke expressed her interest in "the prevention of cruelty to children."

Goals & Strategies

Funding Opportunities

The Child Well-being Program awards grants by directly inviting organizations to submit proposals that are then reviewed by Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) staff and/or the DDCF Board of Trustees. Although unsolicited proposals are not being considered at this time, inquiries about future support for projects that fall within the Child Well-being Program's grant-making strategies can be submitted through a letter of inquiry. Due to the volume of funding inquiries, the Child Well-being Program does not accept funding inquiries over the phone. For more information about our funding strategies, please visit the program’s Goals & Strategies section. 


U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration on Children, Youth and Families 2016 Prevention Guide: Building Community, Building Hope (2016)

American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Community Pediatrics Policy Statement: Poverty and Child Health in the United States (2016)

Summary of a Joint Workshop by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine and the Ethiopian Academy of Sciences: Supporting Family and Community Investments in Young Children Globally (2016)

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child: From Best Practices to Breakthrough Impacts - A science-based approach to building a more promising future for young children and families (2016)

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child: Building Core Capabilities for Life - The Science Behind the Skills Adults Need to Succeed in Parenting and in the Workplace (2016)

Sandel et al. "Neighborhood-Level Interventions to Improve Childhood Opportunity and Lift Children Out of Poverty." Academic Pediatrics (2016)

Kaplan-Sanoff, Margot, and Rahil D. Briggs. "Healthy Steps for Young Children: Integrating Behavioral Health into Primary Care for Young Children and Their Families." Integrated Early Childhood Behavioral Health in Primary Care: A Guide to Implementation and Evaluation. (2016). 71-83.

DDCF What We're Learning: A New Vision for the Child Abuse Prevention Program (February 20, 2013)

Harvard University Center on the Developing Child: The Science of Neglect: The Persistent Absence of Responsive Care Disrupts the Developing Brain (2012)