Three Principles to Improve Outcomes for Children and Families

This report from the Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University highlights three principles that, in light of recent advances in the science of brain development of children, can guide policy change that most supports healthy brain development. The three evidence-based principles include supporting responsive relationships for children and adults, strengthening core life skills, and reducing sources of stress in the lives of children and families. Policymakers can use these principles at all levels to improve outcomes for children, which improves adult outcomes and economic productivity.
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Publication Date: 
October, 2017
October 2017
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OFA Initiatives: 
Systems to Family Stability National Policy Academy
SFS Category: 
Toxic Stress
  • Special Populations
    • Children Impacted by Toxic Stress