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One day all children in the United States will attend schools that prepare them for the lives they choose.

What We Do

Turnaround for Children distills scientific knowledge about how children develop and learn into integrated tools, resources and strategies for educators, school leaders and school systems—all designed to establish the equitable conditions and adult practices that drive healthy development, learning, and thriving. The organization was founded in 2002 around the insight that the daily experiences in children’s lives have profound effects on their development and learning.

Turnaround for Children works with educators to embed a whole-child purpose into our education system.


Create Safe, Supportive Environments

that are culturally-sustaining, predictable, and consistent, and that cultivate a sense of belonging. These environments are critical for all students, but especially those who face trauma, adversity, and oppression.


Cultivate Developmental Relationships

among teachers, students, leaders, and families, because these relationships are a prerequisite for managing student stress and igniting learning.


Build Students’ Knowledge, Skills and Mindsets

by creating rich learning experiences that simultaneously develop academic, cognitive, social, and emotional skills and mindsets, including through personalized and integrated supports.

A Whole-Child Approach to Education

We can create learning environments that recognize children as whole people, value their assets, and support them to excel.

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Science explains the connection between context and learning. The environments, relationships and experiences in children's lives drive their development.

Learn How

Design Principles for Schools

New playbook created by the Learning Policy Institute and Turnaround for Children in partnership with the Forum for Youth Investment and in association with the Science of Learning and Development (SoLD) Alliance and more than 100 leaders from across the fields of education and youth development.


Tools for Educators

Our tools and insights are in service of equity, rooted in science, tested in schools and transferable to any classroom facing adversity.

There has not been a moment when the work of an organization could be more relevant to the challenge facing America's schools.

Michele CahillNational Center for Civic Innovation