Research shows that early childhood experiences can have positive or negative impacts on a child’s emotional well-being
. In 2013, the John Rex Endowment reached out to organizations that would be able to help it achieve an ambitious goal: to develop and enhance the contribution of children’s places and spaces to the positive mental health of children.
This would be a concrete step toward fulfilling the John Rex Endowment’s mission of supporting an environment where children and families in greater Wake County can live healthy lives.
The John Rex Endowment awarded a grant to the Duke University Center for Child and Family Policy to lead this effort with partners at the Center for Child and Family Health and select consultants.This team conducted the research, carried out an in-depth stakeholder engagement process, and created the Planning for Intentional and Effective Places and Spaces for Children’s Positive Mental Health Integrated Plan that became the foundation for The Kaleidoscope Project.
The Planning for Intentional and Effective Places and Spaces for Children’s Positive Mental Health Integrated Plan, Integrated Plan for short, includes a wealth of knowledge and research. From the Integrated Plan, a condensed version of the plan was created, The Best Practices. The Best Practices provide strategies, directly pulled from the Integrated Plan, for any person or organization interested in enhancing their spaces to better support young child mental health and social emotional wellbeing.Download the Integrated PlanDownload the Best Practices