The Global Center for the Development of the Whole Child's Mission and Reach

The GC-DWC promotes research to identify effective whole child development approaches to education and supports operational partners to translate evidence into impactful programs for vulnerable children and youth. We currently have research to action initiatives in 26 countries around the globe.

L3 Equity Initiative in Haiti

The GC-DWC Haiti activates parish networks to meet children’s holistic needs at all three levels of their social ecology: the home (lakay), school (lekòl), and church (legliz) or L3. Innovative interventions occur within the L3 system and include everything from integrating child development and positive parenting messages into sermons and baptismal preparation courses to introducing nutrition education and resources to combat stunting within schools to creating community resource centers for play and learning.

Positive Parenting (Systems Activation Highlight)

Parents are a child's first teacher. At the GC-DWC, we recognize the importance of the role that parents and caregivers play in their children's overall development and well-being. Learn more about parent and caregiving workshop initiatives in Haiti.

Community Resource Centers (Systems Activation Spotlight)

In partnership with local communities, the GC-DWC has established solar-powered community resource centers that include digital and non-digital Haitian language learning material. These resource centers are community owned and managed, providing a continuous opportunity for learning and development.

Baptism & ECD (Systems Activation Spotlight)

Recognizing that each Catholic parish in Haiti runs a school and is deeply embedded in local culture and home life, the GC-DWC works with local parish priests to integrate contextually relevant early childhood education materials into baptismal training.

Early Childhood Education Summer Camp

The GC-DWC's early childhood education summer camp in Haiti, utilizes play based learning as an instrument to transform the classroom and school culture into a fun and safe environment for children to learn.

Be Well Teach Well: A Locally Defined and Participatory Approach to Measuring Teacher Well-being

A GC-DWC led research-practice consortium which embarked on a two-year study to better understand Ugandan primary school teachers’ perspective on well-being and the factors that support and hinder it.

Measuring What Matters: Dr. Neil Boothby

An explanation around the importance of research led programming, using the example of the on-going work on reforming the TVET sector in Kenya and using the community as a unit for change.

Measuring What Matters: Michael Ward

Outline of WCD within the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Framework and the importance of furthering SDG Target 4.7: sustainable development and global citizenship.

Measuring What Matters: Oscar Sanchez

An overview of the importance of sharing education learning nationally and globally, while also taking into account local realities.

Measuring What Matters: Helyn Kim

A reflection on the importance of equipping children with 21st century skills and how to approach identifying which skills and how to teach them.

Measuring What Matters: Ramya Vivekanandan

An overview of the challenges of supporting equitable education in developing countries.

Measuring What Matters: John Mugo

Overview of the historic importance of TVET in Kenya, as well as the importance of anticipating the skills needs of youth and the challenges to supporting quality provision.

Measuring What Matters: Rowena Phair

A summary of on-going work in longitudinal assessment of SEL and the complimentary found between SEL and cognitive development.

Measuring What Matters: Kanthi Krishnamurthy

Overview of the interventions led by Dream a Dream and the importance of policy advocacy in India.

Measuring What Matters: Julian Marino

A reflection on the different ways to enhance the use of performance assessment, particularly around producing reliable measures.

Measuring What Matters: Vyjayanthi Sankar

A summary of how to create standardized assessments that are useful for teachers.

Measuring What Matters: Anasthasie Liberiste-Osirus

An overview of the learning context in Haiti & the importance of combining literacy and social and emotional skill development.

Nutrition is essential to building child resilience (Systems Activation Spotlight)

Recognizing the negative impact of undernutrition on children's development, the GC-DWC works with local schools and parishes in Haiti to integrate healthy nutrition messaging into school curriculums. 

Eat the Rainbow - Manje Lakansyèl

Nutrition plays an important role in the physical and mental development of children. The GC-DWC and its partner Lakou Kajou-Medya Edikatif pou Timoun are launching a video on how parents can properly feed their children using local food.

Success Starts at Home: Positive Discipline | Sikse kòmanse lakay- disiplin pozitif 

A positive parenting video, in Haitian Creole, that shares practical insights and tips for how parents can integrate positive discipline into their daily lives.

Success Starts at Home: Activities that will Build a Solid Foundation | Sikse kòmanse lakay - Aktivite ki pou bati yon fondasyon solid

A positive parenting video, in Haitian Creole, that shares ideas and tips for how parents can integrate learning into everyday life and prepare their children for future success.

Experience Builds Brain Architecture | Eksperyans yon timoun fè kontribye nan konstwi chapant sèvo li

A video, in Haitian Creole, that using neuroscience to explain how early experiences impact our bodies and brains, providing the foundation for healthy development.

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