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Children’s Futures: Lessons From a Second-Generation Community Change Initiative

Children’s Futures is a 10-year, Trenton, NJ initiative to improve the health and well-being of children zero to three years and ensure that they are ready for school. This paper, written by the evaluator and the Foundation’s program and evaluation officers for Children’s Futures, describes the initiative’s first five years, the lessons learned, and the tradeoffs made when conscious choices were made to avoid the pitfalls of earlier CCIs.