Child & Family Development

A young girl paints.

Child and family development programs strive to help children reach their potential.

Parents, health care professionals, educators, and other stakeholders work together to strengthen families and build communities that promote child health and well-being. These efforts are particularly critical for children in families with low incomes, who are at risk for a variety of negative outcomes.

JBA supports effective services and coordinated systems for children of all ages and for the adults in their lives through research, evaluation, and technical assistance. A primary area of inquiry is home visiting, which provides services to families from pregnancy to kindergarten in their homes. We also study other interventions for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and older children and youth in child care, school, afterschool, and health care settings.