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Families

People associate family life with personal or private life, making it hard to think about a role for public policy. Framing can help shift perspectives.

Good family policy is good public policy—but people often think of families as strictly a private affair.

How can we talk about families and the issues they face to build support for policies that make a real difference?

Explore these resources for framing recommendations on specific issues—including family and school engagement, parenting, two-generation approaches to building family wellbeing, and more.

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The Power of Levelness: Making Child Mental Health Visible and Concrete Through a Simplifying Model

This report presents "Levelness" as an explanatory metaphor that helps people understand early child mental health. It helps people understand that young children have mental health, what promotes...

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More to Genes Than That: Designing Metaphors to Explain Epigenetics

This report presents "Signature Effect" as an explanatory metaphor that helps people reason about the scientific concept of epigenetics.

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Air Traffic Control for Your Brain: Translating the Science of Executive Function Using a Simplifying Model

This report presents "Air Traffic Control" as an explanatory metaphor that helps people reason about the concept of executive function.

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“Kids Must Have Mental Health … But They Can’t, Can They?”: How Albertans Think About Child Mental Health

This report compares the cultural patterns of understanding that Americans and Albertans apply in making sense of the issue of child mental health.

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Experiences Get Carried Forward: How Albertans Think About Early Child Development

This report examines the challenges of communicating the science of early childhood development in the Albertan cultural context.

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Destiny or Destructive Environments: How Peer Discourse Sessions Toggle Between Child Mental Health and Illness

This report shares insights from 8 peer discourse sessions - small group discussions - that focused on child mental health.

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Every Picture Tells A Story: An Examination of Racialized Visuals and their Frame Effects

Is there a difference between images that explicitly depict Black children and visuals that more subtly cue the issue of race?

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Understanding Public Thinking About Child Mental Health

This report examines the differences between the ways that experts and the general public think about mental health and mental illness in young children.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Talking to Business Leaders About Early Childhood Development

This Message Brief offers advice for talking to business leaders about the importance of early childhood development.

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Preventing Child Abuse: FrameWorks’ Analysis of Framing and Messaging

This MessageMemo offers communications strategies to advance a policy agenda that will prevent and reduce child maltreatment.

Frame Testing Recommendations

Framing Early Child Development

This Message Brief offers the most essential considerations when framing early childhood issues.

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Framing Child Poverty by Telling a Development Story

To build support for ending child poverty, we need a powerful framing strategy. This Message Brief offers guidance from the Core Story of Early Development.