Countries vary greatly on how they treat their people, from unborn foetuses to incarcerated convicts. Public policy reflects current mentalities, which were shaped by nations’ histories. The outcomes of policies result in different health and wellbeing outcomes.
Project BrainHeart’s goal is to inspire better public policy in the US based on observed best practices around the world.
- Increase use of family planning, reduce unwanted, unplanned and teen pregnancies
- Increase “child literacy”: “It is common in our mobile modern society to have fewer offspring, live further away from our families and move in an increasingly age-segregated world, and therefore many of us aren’t around children enough to learn about how they should behave at each stage of development.“
- Encourage parental leave
- Reduce child maltreatment
- Increase availability of quality, affordable infant care
- Article – “Give Me A Child” (The Economist, Oct 2016)
- Article – “A running start” (The Economist, June 2016)
- Article – “ECD policies a wise investment” (The Lancet, 2016)
- Article – “informal care vs preschool” (Brookings, June 2016)
- Article – To Help Kids Thrive, Coach Their Parents (NYT, May 2016)
- Video – Cuban program “Educa a tu hijo”
- Article – “Why Finnish babies sleep in cardboard boxes” (BBC, 2013)