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Voices from Frontiers of Innovation: Building Adult Capabilities


Frontiers of Innovation (FOI) focuses on the work of a community of researchers, practitioners, policymakers, philanthropists, and experts in systems change from across North America. The goal of FOI is to bring about substantially greater positive impacts for vulnerable young children whose needs (or the needs of their caregivers) are not being fully met by existing policies and programs. To do that, FOI seeks to spur change in the field by forging cross-sector collaborations that prompt creativity, support experimentation, and foster learning from experience.

The videos below include members of FOI speaking about how the initiative’s current, science-based theory of change for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families is relevant to—and changing—the way they and others work in a range of policy and practice sectors.

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Family Economic Mobility

Elisabeth Babcock

President and CEO
Crittenton Women’s Union

Family Economic Mobility

 

Early Childhood Education

Wayne Ysaguirre

President and CEO
Associated Early Care and Education

Early Childhood Education

 

Community Change and Economic Opportunity

Robert Giloth

Vice President, Center for Community & Economic Opportunity
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Community Change and Economic Opportunity

Child Welfare

Brenda Jones-Harden

Associate Professor, Department of Human Development & Quantitative Methodology
University of Maryland

Child Welfare

Community Change

Frank Farrow and Lisbeth Schorr

Director and Senior Fellow
Center for the Study of Social Policy

Community Change

Parent Skill Building

Philip A. Fisher

Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon; Senior Scientist, Oregon Social Learning Center; Senior Fellow, Center on the Developing Child

Parent Skill Building

Workforce Development

David Jackson

Executive Director
Mary Reynolds Babcock Foundation (formerly of Center for Working Families)

Workforce Development

Community-Based Mental Health Services

Kia Levey

Project Director
New Haven MOMS Partnership

Community-Based Mental Health Services

Early Learning Policy and Professional Development

Juliet Morrison

Assistant Director, Quality Practice and Professional Growth, Washington State Department of Early Learning

Early Learning Policy and Professional Development

Building Adult Capabilities to Improve Child Outcomes: A Theory of Change

This 5-minute video depicts a theory of change from the FOI community for achieving breakthrough outcomes for vulnerable children and families.

Juvenile Justice Policy

Dana Phelps

Senior Director, Office of Policy and External Relations, Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

Juvenile Justice Policy

Workforce Development and Charter Schools

Juan Salgado

President and CEO
Instituto del Progreso Latino

Workforce Development and Charter Schools

Place-Based Family Strengthening

Jim Seymour

Executive Director
Catholic Community Services

Place-Based Family Strengthening


 

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Major support for the Frontiers of Innovation Initiative is currently being provided by: The Alliance for Early Success, The Annie E. Casey Foundation, Bezos Family Foundation, Child Welfare Fund, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Buffett Early Childhood Fund, Norlien Foundation, and An Anonymous Donor.