Scientific evidence supporting families and children as agents of change for peace

Young children and their families are progressively being exposed to greater violence in homes, schools and communities, and among nations. In our search for solutions we turn to science. Evidence from the field of early childhood development (ECD) clearly demonstrates that lasting and intergenerational change can occur through interventions early in life. To break the cycle of violence and promote peaceful societies, the developmental needs of young children must be the primary focus.

Yale University, UNICEF, AÇEV Foundation, and the Fetzer Institute and other global partners have embarked on a joint project to achieve the common objective of analyzing the linkages between early childhood development (ECD) and peace building through scientific research, to disseminate results and advocate for better policies on global platforms - as a pathway to sustainable peace. 

Join us as we help grow the new ECD global movement to build peace. We invite you to explore this site and subscribe to our eNewsletter so that we can keep you informed of this developing body of 'new knowledge'. Science says Peace is possible!

In the Spotlight

The MacMillan Report with Guest, Dr. Rima Salah

Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families

Published on Feb 3, 2016

VIDEO Rima Salah is an assistant clinical professor at the Yale Child Study Center and former Deputy Executive Director of UNICEF. Marilyn Wilkes of the MacMillan Report talks with Professor Salah about her new book, "Pathways to Peace: The Transformative Power of Children and Families" that she edited in collaboration with Drs. James Leckman and Catherine Panter-Brick from Yale University.

The MacMillan Report is an online video interview show featuring the research of faculty in international and area studies.

Featured Book

The Importance of Being Little

What Preschoolers Really Need from Grownups - by Erika Christakis

A former preschool teacher and director who has taught at the Yale Child Study Center, makes the case that “schooling and learning are often two different things.” She argues that preschool children would be better served if educators get “out of their way” by allowing for more play-based — and less formally scripted — educational experiences, and by creating less cluttered and visually demanding environments in which these naturally curious youngsters can explore and “think out loud.” Read more ...

Featured Video: Refugee Crisis

Call to Action: "Yale's Role in the Global Child Refugee Crisis"

VIDEO / 5 Oct 2015 / Millions of children around the world are facing dire situations of conflict, violence & insecurity. An expert panel of some of the world’s largest development/relief agencies has been convened to inform an action plan to mobilize the Yale community around the global child refugee crisis. Members of the Yale Faculty will also introduce ongoing initiatives on campus to engage peace building & refugee relief efforts. Read more ...

Early Childhood Peace Consortium Milestone Events

We are pleased to report on Yale's leadership at the following main events that have served to further add momentum to the global movement that values children and families as agents of change for peace.

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