Child Well-being

Goals & Strategies


A significant and growing body of research has shown that a child’s success and well-being are strongly tied to the safety and stability of both his or her family and the community where he or she lives. These factors provide the foundation for healthy physical and emotional development during childhood. Vulnerable families may need to access critical services to support their children’s well-being. By funding efforts that strengthen the social service systems that serve vulnerable families and meet the needs of children and caregivers together, the Child Well-being Program aims to prevent child maltreatment and promote children’s healthy development. 

To accomplish this goal, the program focuses its grant making in three areas: 


The Child Well-being Program’s grant-making strategy is designed to foster the long-term well-being of vulnerable children, families and communities by funding efforts to protect and improve the health and positive development of vulnerable populations including:

  • Low-income families, especially those with children under six years old;
  • Native American or Alaska Native families; and
  • 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 vulnerable children and families.
  • Coordinate efforts across a variety of social service systems.
  • Implement interventions that meet the needs of vulnerable 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 vulnerable children and families.