Chapin Hall Child and Family Policy Forum
Child Well-Being: A Framework for Policy and Practice
February 18, 2014
How can the science of child development and well-being be integrated into policy and practice? Recent attention at federal and state levels on “well-being” provides an opportunity to consider what is included in well-being, how to measure it, and the implications for policies and programmatic approaches that improve well-being across child-serving systems. A large body of research and science points to the need to create nurturing environments where children can develop along a healthy trajectory physically, cognitively, emotionally, behaviorally, and socially. When adverse childhood experiences and trauma occur, development can be derailed. Using evidence-based interventions to help children get back on track is important.
In this forum, we explore the connection between healthy child development and well-being, provide several frameworks for understanding the domains and measurable indicators of well-being, and consider steps that can be taken to improve well-being and developmental functioning. Several well-being frameworks are presented. Participants explore how policies, practices, assessments, and interventions in their work could be organized around a well-being framework to more effectively ensure a positive life course for children.