Child Trends’ What Works provides information on the effectiveness of out-of-school programs to enhance children’s development. You can use our LINKS (Lifecourse Interventions to Nurture Kids Successfully) database to find information on what works (or not) on more than 600 individual programs that have been evaluated by researchers. These programs work with children and youth on such important issues as early childhood development, substance abuse, obesity, teen pregnancy, physical, mental and emotional health, mentoring and summer learning. Learn about how our programs are written up and about our definitions and methodology.
You also can search the LINKS database by program population, program outcome and program approach categories. Our lifecourse perspective is based on the concept that child development is a cumulative process that begins before birth and continues into young adulthood. To learn more about the criteria we use to select programs to be included in the LINKS database, please see Eligibility Criteria.
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