We are the Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities.

The Center for Healthier Children, Families & Communities understands what it takes for children to thrive and finds new, more innovative and effective ways to make that possible. For over 25 years, we’ve combined cutting-edge research, policy development, and community-based practices in new ways, to address the growing list of complex challenges that children and families face. By re-imagining what’s possible, and developing groundbreaking approaches that empower community leaders and partners, our collaborative approach catalyzes lasting, positive change for children and families.

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Chandler Beck, MPH

Program Manager, Life Course Translational Research Network and Social Impact Labs

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Flyer: LCT-RN

The LCT-RN is a nationwide network of thought leaders, innovators and change makers.

LCT-RN Flyer
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Report: Family Foundations

Family Foundations helps prepare couples for parenthood by fostering attitudes and skills that foster positive parenting teamwork (“coparenting”).

Family Foundations Report
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Flyer: LCT-RN Adversity Node

The LCT-RN Adversity Node works to target the root causes of adversity.

Adversity Node Flyer
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Advancing Life Course Intervention Research

The collection of 17 articles, authored by 64 scientists from from across the US and Australia, defines a new discipline of Life Course Intervention Research.

Explore the Collection

1-page summaries and video abstracts are available for all articles within the Pediatrics supplement.

 Article Summaries

Our Programs

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Life Course Translational Research Network

Bringing communities, families, practitioners, and researchers together to translate research into action.

About the LCT-RN
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Data Informed Futures

Empowering the advocates, allies and visionaries striving to transform children’s lives by providing unique, neighborhood-level data and mapping about children’s well-being that reveal geographic patterns of disparity and resilience.

About DIF
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Social Impact Labs

Redefining how universities, government, communities, and the private sector work together to make a sustainable social impact in communities.

About the Labs