This report provides a summary of Healthy Development Summit II: Changing frames and expanding partnerships to promote children’s mental health and social/emotional wellbeing. The Summit assembled a diverse group of stakeholders together to generate ideas for new ways to move forward to promote young children’s positive mental health. The second of two summits, this summit focused on the application of the research to practice and policy across sectors of society; that is using what we know to inform what we do. As with the first summit, this Summit focused on early childhood (birth to age eight) because the science is very solid in early childhood development. The Summit also built on momentum for change from the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act3 (2010), which has multiple components related to prevention and positive mental health that may provide new opportunities for promoting young children’s mental health. Finally, the Summit built on heightened public interest in mental health, particularly in young people, due to media and policymakers’ attention to school violence, bullying, and youth suicide.
Ready by 21 increases the capacity of leaders to achieve collective impact for children and youth by providing standards, proven tools and solutions, and ways to measure and track youth success.
The Afterschool Alliance provides research, issue briefs, fact sheets, and an impact database on the impacts of afterschool programs. They seek to engage public will to increase public and private investment in quality afterschool program initiatives at the national, state and local levels.
Forum for Youth Investment helps leaders change the odds for kids by finding scalable solutions to pressing problems that drive opportunity gaps, and by helping public and private leaders align the myriad of programs and policies created to improve youth opportunities and outcomes.
National Dropout Prevention Center has identified 15 Effective Strategies that have the most positive impact on reducing school dropout.
Blueprints for Healthy Youth Development is a resource for healthy youth development programs.
The Results First Clearinghouse Database is an online resource that brings together information on the effectiveness of social policy programs from nine national clearinghouses. It applies color-coding to the clearinghouses’ distinct rating systems, creating a common language that enables users to quickly see where each program falls on a spectrum from negative impact to positive impact. As such, this database can help users easily access and understand the evidence base for a variety of programs.
US Department of Health and Human Services; Office of the Administration for Children and Families; Self-Sufficiency Research Clearinghouse, 2009-2021 is a virtual portal of research on low-income families and vulnerable populations which builds and disseminates knowledge about effective approaches to helping low-income children and families.
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research.
Neighborhoods and Youth Development tests place-based, two-generation strategies to help vulnerable parents and children.