- National Scientific Council on the Developing Child
- National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs
- Global Children's Initiative
- Frontiers of Innovation
- Science of Health and Development Initiative
- Students, Education and Leadership Development
About the Forum
The Forum was established in 2006. In the same way the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child seeks to explain why public investments should be made in the early childhood years, the Forum tries to describe what investments should be made—and how.
Comprising scholars from universities nationwide, the Forum assesses and interprets evaluation research, as well as neuroscience and behavioral research, with the intent of informing policy and program decisions. Under the aegis of the Forum, a multi-university research team is building a comprehensive meta-analytic database on intervention services from the prenatal period to age five. When it is completed, the database will include assessments of early care and education, family support, and health-based programs.
The National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs, formerly known as the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation, grew out of an earlier initiative: the National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. The Council, founded in 2003, has focused since its inception on educating policymakers, business executives, and civic leaders about the basic science of early childhood and early brain development. To address questions about where to direct resources and how to maximize returns, the Council concluded there needed to an effort dedicated to offering expert guidance on such matters. As a result, the National Forum on Early Childhood Program Evaluation was born. In 2010, to more accurately reflect the scope of its work, the Forum was renamed the National Forum on Early Childhood Policy and Programs.
Currently, a team of Forum members is building a comprehensive meta-analytic database on intervention services from the prenatal period to age five, including assessments of early care and education, family support and health-based programs.
The Forum comprises an interdisciplinary group of distinguished scholars from universities across the United States who have expertise in research and program evaluation.
The Forum’s publications discuss what program evaluation research can say about critical issues in child development and what the implications are for policy and practice. More >>
Major support for the Forum has been provided by: the Birth to Five Policy Alliance, the Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Casey Family Programs, the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, the McCormick Tribune Foundation, the Norlien Foundation, and an Anonymous Donor.