Center on the Developing Child


Investors are critical to our mission to drive science-based innovation that achieves breakthrough outcomes for children facing adversity.

Beyond generous start-up funding provided by Harvard University and extensive federal grant support for individual projects conducted by Center-affiliated faculty, a range of foundations, funding consortia, and individual donors have made significant investments in the work of the Center on the Developing Child since its inception in 2006.  These include major gifts from:


  • Buffett Early Childhood Fund
  • The JPB Foundation
  • Bezos Family Foundation
  • Palix Foundation
  • Hemera Foundation
  • The W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • The Alliance for Early Success
  • George Kaiser Family Foundation
  • The LEGO Foundation
  • Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Casey Family Programs
  • The Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Barr Foundation
  • Omidyar Network
  • The Pierre and Pamela Omidyar Fund, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Lemann Foundation
  • Startup: Education
  • Chan Zuckerberg Initiative DAF, an advised fund of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation
  • Pritzker Children’s Initiative
  • Einhorn Family Charitable Trust
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
  • The David and Lucile Packard Foundation
  • Child Welfare Fund
  • Harvard Global Health Institute
  • Bernard van Leer Foundation
  • Genentech
  • Novak Djokovic Foundation
  • McCormick Tribune Foundation
  • Raikes Foundation
  • Nellie Mae Education Foundation
  • Tikun Olam Foundation
  • Anonymous


  • Özyeğin Family
  • Winson Ho
  • José Luiz Egydio Setúbal Family
  • Claudio Haddad
  • Joan and Alvin Einbender
  • Susan Fales-Hill
  • Nathaniel Foote
  • Eva and Harry Wilson
  • Robert and Maya Tichio

Join Us: Seize This Opportunity

The Center’s mission represents an unprecedented opportunity for a new breed of investors who are not afraid to take risks in pursuit of game-changing breakthroughs. These investors understand that the risk of failure pales in comparison to the risk of not being bold enough to do whatever it takes. If you are interested in supporting our quest, contact us now. We’ll be glad to show you how—together—we will succeed.

Contact Gillian Najarian, our Managing Director, directly at (617) 496-1358 or

A Case Statement for the Center on the Developing ChildA Strategy to Achieve Breakthrough Outcomes for Children Facing Adversity (Executive Summary)

A Case Statement for the Center on the Developing Child

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Center Director Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., describes the mission of the Center on the Developing Child and its vision for using science to innovate in the early childhood field and fundamentally change the lives of children facing adversity.

For more: Read Investing in Early Childhood Innovation: Q&A with Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff by the Center for High Impact Philanthropy – University of Pennsylvania.

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This two-minute video features U.S. government, philanthropic, and education leaders speaking about the urgent need for science-based innovation to transform the lives of children and build a stronger society of healthy and capable adults.