Children's Chances

Children's Chances

How Countries Can Move From Surviving to Thriving

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Harvard University Press
Children’s Chances urges a shift from focusing on survival to targeting children’s full and healthy development. Drawing on comparative data on policies in 190 countries designed to combat poverty, discrimination, child labor, illiteracy, and child marriage, Heymann and McNeill tell what works to ensure equal opportunities for all children.

Most parents care deeply about their children. If that were enough, we would not see the inequalities we currently do in children’s opportunities and healthy development—children out of school, children laboring, children living in poverty. While the scale of the problems can seem overwhelming, history has shown that massive progress is possible on problems that once seemed unsolvable. Within the span of less than twenty-five years, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty has been cut in half, the number of children under age five that die each day has dropped by over 12,000, and the percentage of girls attending school has climbed from just three in four to over 90 percent.

National action, laws, and public policies fundamentally shape children’s opportunities.Children’s Chances urges a transformational shift from focusing solely on survival to targeting children’s full and healthy development. Drawing on never-before-available comparative data on laws and public policies in 190 countries, Jody Heymann and Kristen McNeill tell the story of what works and what countries around the world are doing to ensure equal opportunities for all children. Covering poverty, discrimination, education, health, child labor, child marriage, and parental care,Children’s Chances identifies the leaders and the laggards, highlights successes and setbacks, and provides a guide for what needs to be done to make equal chances for all children a reality.

Baker & Taylor
Urges a shift from focusing on survival of children throughout the world to targeting their full and healthy development.

Book News
This book offers fresh, well-founded discussion based on global data. A decade ago the author discovered that UNESCO and other agencies had cardboard boxes filled with country reports regarding education, labor, and other topics; but without a database, that information was not accessible. In response, Heymann (public health, UCLA) initiated the World Policy Analysis Centre to gather global data pertaining to what countries are doing to improve social and economic conditions. With this database, agencies, governments, researchers, and individuals have access to what's going on globally and can glean from others' experiences realistic and invigorating ideas about what works and what doesn't. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Cambridge, Mass. : Harvard University Press, 2013
ISBN: 9780674067974
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xi, 394 pages) : maps
Additional Contributors: McNeill, Kristen


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