Our Work

Since 1899, the Foundation for Child Development (FCD) has supported research, policy development, and advocacy to ensure that all families have the social and material resources to raise their children to be healthy, educated, and productive members of society.  Currently, FCD supports three programs: PreK-3rd Education, Young Scholars Program, and Child Well-Being Index (CWI).

PreK-3rd Education

PreK-3rd Education is an approach to learning that provides integrated, aligned learning opportunities every year from PreKindergarten (for three- and four-year-olds) through Third Grade (PreK-3rd). 

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

The Young Scholars Program (YSP) is a competitive program which annually selects up to four early career researchers to support their scholarly development and research on the early learning of young children (from birth to age 8) living in diverse low-income families. 

America's Diverse Children

America's Diverse Children aims to identify and promote research and policies that effectively advance the learning and holistic development of young children growing up under conditions of poverty and low-income, especially those in race-ethnic minority families, immigrant families, and English Language Learners.

Previous Initiatives

Child Well-Being Index (CWI) 

From 1999 - 2013 the FCD funded the Child Well-Being Index (CWI) – a measure that combines separate sources of national data about American children into one scientifically-based, easily understood summary. This summary both reflects the overall well-being of children in the U.S. and measures how trends in specific areas of well-being have changed each year since 1975.

New American Children 

From 2003 - 2013 FCD’s New American Children (NAC) initiative aimed to build a broad and nuanced base of knowledge about the well-being of children living in low-income immigrant families in the U.S. The goal of the initiative was to discover how best to nurture and educate these children, and then to connect this research with sound policies and practices.