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 needs 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)