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.

Special Event

Refugee Crisis: Call to Action

Yale's Role in the Global Child Refugee Crisis

Date: October 5th, 2015 

Time: 1:00 - 2:00 PM

Location: Luce Hall Auditorium, The MacMillan Center at Yale, 1st Floor, 34 Hillhouse Ave, New Haven (150 maximum capacity)

Millions of children around the world are facing dire situations of conflict, violence and 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 with peace building and refugee relief efforts. 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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