Our Work

Our initiatives help to improve the lives of millions of children, families and communities across the country.

Our Areas of Investment

Transforming Child Welfare Systems

Reforming the Juvenile Justice System

Tracking Child Well-Being Because KIDS COUNT

Advancing Child Health and Development With Evidence-Based Practice

Connecting Low-Income Families to Economic Opportunities

Strengthening High-Poverty Neighborhoods Through Community Change

Engaging With Communities to Help Children Read and Learn

Supporting Leaders to Help Kids and Families Thrive

Advancing and informing Research and Policy

Current Strategies

Child Welfare

Case Commons

A philanthropic web startup that is creating and implementing the first collaborative, family-centered case-management system for child welfare.

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Juvenile Justice



A group of child advocacy and research organizations representing every state and using data to promote smart policies on issues ranging from child welfare and juvenile justice to education and economic opportunity. 

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KIDS COUNT Data Center and Data Book

Our signature resources tracking the well-being of children over time and across states in order to provide high-quality, unbiased information and encourage action on behalf of kids and families. 

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Economic Opportunity

Work, Education and Income

Investments aimed at linking individuals disconnected from the workforce or school to opportunities for jobs, education and achieving the American Dream.

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Financial Well-Being

Strategies to help individuals and families build financial assets and become adept at managing their money responsibly.

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Community Change

Civic Sites

Communities where the Foundation has hometown ties and introduces innovative strategies that integrate the best programs and promising approaches for serving children and their families.

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Evidence-Based Practice


Public systems, schools and communities guiding public investment toward evidence-based programs that improve children’s growth and development.

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Talent and Leadership Development

Research and Policy

Research and Evaluation

Strengthening the field's understanding of what works for kids and families by expanding the use of sound research and effective program evaluations.

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Ensuring Equitable Opportunities for All

Achieving meaningful results for children and families requires ensuring that all children have an opportunity to thrive. We believe a child’s race or ethnicity should not be a predictor of his or her well-being or future opportunity. In addition to making this value central to all of our work, we: