Goals & Strategies
Children’s well-being and ability to thrive are strongly tied to the safety and stability of both their families and the communities where they live. These factors provide the foundation for healthy physical and emotional development during childhood. All children should be able to grow up in secure, positive, healthy and inclusive environments that allow them to reach their full potential. Unfortunately, many children in the US experience a long legacy of unjust historic and systemic inequities and disparities that rob them of access to the fundamental factors that allow others to flourish. By funding efforts that strengthen the social service systems that serve these families and support the needs of children and caregivers together, the Child Well-being Program aims to promote children’s healthy development, prevent maltreatment, and ally with communities to create improved and more equitable outcomes for their children.
To accomplish this goal, the program focuses its grant making in three areas:
- Support Place-Based Approaches to Improving Well-being
- Strengthen and Coordinate Service Systems
- Build a Pipeline of Diverse Social Service Leaders
The Child Well-being Program’s grant-making strategy is designed to foster the long-term well-being of children, families, and communities by funding efforts to protect and improve the health and positive development of populations experiencing disproportional historic and systemic inequities in the US. We have a particular interest in supporting work that bolsters collaborative and culturally, geographically and locally relevant programs with and for families; for Native American or Alaska Native communities; and for youth in or transitioning out of foster care.
The Child Well-being Program prioritizes funding for projects and programs that:
- Cultivate partnerships between organizations and systems that serve children and families to increase health equity and well-being.
- Coordinate efforts across a variety of social service systems.
- Implement interventions that meet the needs of children and families in their neighborhoods and communities.
- Increase access to prevention and treatment services.
- Communicate lessons and outcomes broadly to inform policy and practice.
- Invest in developing and supporting the next generation of leaders committed to implementing effective programs and policies serving children and families.