© 2018 by the UCLA Center for Healthier Children, Families and Communities

ALL Children Thrive is ambitious by design.

Our children need and deserve nothing less.

ACT is beginning to work with people and places around the globe that are facing similar challenges and want to join in and learn together. By creating a movement for child wellbeing, a social learning platform utilizing state of the art learning and improvement processes, ACT aims to enable local communities to create more resilient ecosystems of child health, development and well-being. This will require upgrading human development services and systems and creating the kind of social scaffolding capable of optimizing child and family outcomes.

ACT recognizes that far too many children in the US are denied the opportunity to develop the capabilities that will allow them to flourish. Current opportunities for children to thrive and flourish are not equally distributed. Many children are denied the supports and resources necessary to thrive.


Far too many children end up unnecessarily disabled, discouraged…

By engaging the different service providers, community organizations and institutions that impact how children grow, develop, live, learn, and play, ACT provides an opportunity to inform new strategies, identify emerging solutions, and accelerate and support learning, innovation and improvement so that all children can pursue healthy and successful futures. 

ACT seeks to utilize these disruptive changes and emergent trends to enable communities to create and spread innovative approaches, that transform the capacity of our faltering and failing health care, education, early childhood and youth service systems, so that much better results are achieved.

ACT Learning Community

ACT is beginning to work with people and places around the globe that are facing similar challenges and want to join in and learn together. By creating a movement for child wellbeing, a social learning platform utilizing state of the art learning and improvement processes, ACT aims to enable local communities to create more resilient ecosystems of child health, development and well-being. This will require upgrading human development services and systems and creating the kind of social scaffolding capable of optimizing child and family outcomes.  The ACT Learning Community is growing and developing to include people, organizations, and communities that want to learn from each other and share what they are learning. 

ACT Network Design
  • ACT is a collaborative network designed to achieve collective impact at the local, state and national level

  • Several organizations have banded together to provide some of the back bone functions that ACT needs to develop, and support the overall effort

  • Different bodies of work focus on the transformation of specific sectors, the linking of strategies in ACT communities and states, the data and policy analytics that will be essential for guiding the overall effort forward

Infrastructure for Collective Impact
  • Each community will need to build its “all in” collective impact platform

  • This is one example of the type of strategies that might be linked and leveraged to drive ACT forward

"The care of children, and the health of children, requires looking at the child and the family and the neighborhood in a holistic fashion. Excellent education, stable housing, food security—all of the things that help children thrive."
-Liz Miller, Director of Adolescent & Young Adult Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC