Scientific evidence supporting the well-being of children and families as an agent of change for peace

Science says "Peace is possible"

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 that shows that peace (social cohesion) is possible. Evidence from the field of early childhood development (ECD) clearly demonstrates that lasting and intergenerational change can occur through interventions early in life. To change the tide of violence and promote peaceful societies, the developmental needs of young children must be the primary focus.

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We are a multi-disciplinary team of researchers at Yale University, who with UNICEF, AÇEV Foundation, the John E. Fetzer Institute and other global partners, have embarked upon a joint project to achieve the common objective of analyzing the linkages between early childhood development (ECD) and peace building through scientific research. We aim to translate and disseminate this knowledge to support better policies on global platforms in order to help prevent violence and build new generations of reconciliation. We invite you to explore this site and join this global movement.

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Book: Pathways to peace: The transformative power of children and families

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Edited by James F. Leckman, Catherine Panter-Brick and Rima Salah / Yale University  (2014)

Can more peaceful childhoods promote a culture of peace? Increasing evidence from a broad range of disciplines shows that how we raise our children affects the propensity for conflict and the potential for peace within a given community.