International Child Development & Social Policy


Despite the unequivocal scientific evidence in support of early childhood development (ECD), over 200 million young children across the globe are not achieving their potential. The majority of the world’s children live in developing countries and they continue to bear the greatest burden of poverty, disease, and conflict situations. The need to take hold and turn these world conditions on an axis is clear; despite tremendous scientific advancements, progress has been slow in adopting these children into international policies that can potentially make a difference in their lives, globally.

The international early childhood development and policy initiatives being carried out by the Yale Child Study Center are in response to this clear and urgent need. The goals of this work have been motivated by poor developmental outcomes for young children, globally, and the incredible scientific evidence that is being generated to ameliorate these outcomes. These initiatives endeavor to bring the evidence to bear an effect upon the formulation, implementation and analysis of international development frameworks and national-level social and public policies that impact the lives of young children.

Featured Video: Refugee Crisis

Call to Action: "Yale's Role in the Global Child Refugee Crisis"

5 Oct 2015 / VIDEO Millions of children around the world are facing dire situations of conflict, violence & insecurity. An expert panel of some of the world’s largest development/relief agencies has been convened to inform an action plan to mobilize the Yale community around the global child refugee crisis. Members of the Yale Faculty will also introduce ongoing initiatives on campus to engage peace building & refugee relief efforts. Read more ...

Round Table Discussion

With James F. Leckman, MD, PhD, Shafiq Masalha, MD & Prof. Ernesto Caffo

The Transformative Power of Early Childhood Development: Setting the Stage for a More Peaceful World

VIDEO / 25 Aug 2015 / Yale professor, James F. Leckman, MD, PhD, hosts a discussion with international notables, Shafiq Masalha, MD (Israel) and Prof. Ernesto Caffo, MD (Italy), to include the reduction and prevention of violence against children in the home and in society, and a knowledge exchange about the importance and the potentially transformative power of the early years by promoting evidence-based early parent-child programs in fragile contexts. More ...

Formative Childhood and Peace Building

Hands Seedlings

Scientific evidence that supports children and families as agents of change for peace.

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