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Research & Policy

Welcome to our Research Page. Here you will find summaries of research related to the comprehensive strategies that underlie the Free To Grow approach.

Free To Grow realizes that researchers and practitioners often work on parallel, rather than intersecting tracks, making it difficult for prevention practitioners, community residents, journalists and policy makers to learn about the successful application of relevant research. To help address this situation, Free to Grow has compiled a research base of "best and promising practices" that you can find in our Research Page.

The Free to Grow approach rests on a solid research base showing that:

  • Strengthening families and communities can improve results for children.
  • Outcomes for children are affected both by the quality of the home environment and the ways that communities and families interact.
  • Multi-faceted early intervention techniques hold promise for reducing the risk of substance abuse and other high-risk behaviors
. The types of information you can find here:

copyright 2008 Free To Grow

Free To Grow is a national program supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation with direction and technical assistance provided by the Mailman School of Public Health of Columbia University.