An Ounce of Prevention
After peaking in 2002, child well-being in the United States has been stagnant for five years. Meanwhile, recent data from the Child Well-Being Index shows some disturbing upward trends in child obesity and youth violence, as well as a persistent academic achievement gap. To date, public policy has not sufficiently mobilized to combat these issues before they start to affect the nation's children. The New America Foundation brought together key policy makers and experts involved in improving child well-being to discuss current trends in child well-being and the value of prevention-oriented policy. The Honorable Bobby Scott (D-VA) and the Honorable Mike Castle (R-DE) were joined by Jessica Donze Black, Executive Director of the Campaign to End Obesity; David Kass, President of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids; and Sara Mead, a Senior Research Fellow in the Education Policy and Workforce and Family Programs at the New America Foundation. The event was moderated by the Director of New America's Workforce and Family Program, David Gray.