Global Child Thrive Act

Global Child Thrive Act2024-07-11T14:12:40-04:00


Enacted on January 1, 2021, the Global Child Thrive Act elevates and integrates early childhood development interventions into current foreign assistance programs focused on vulnerable children and their families and calls on the U.S. Government to implement a comprehensive, coordinated approach to support optimal development for vulnerable children (ages 0-8) within U.S. foreign development and humanitarian assistance. This approach is multisectoral, addressing many critical aspects of healthy child development such as health, protection, nutrition, clean water, and basic education. The pillars of the law build on the evidence and priorities outlined in the Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity (APCCA) strategy, implementation plan, and reporting.



Ensuring that every child can survive, thrive, and reach their full potential with dignity is central to long-term national development. Strengthening the capacities of children and the families who love and care for them is one of the best investments a country can make to eliminate extreme poverty, boost economic growth, and promote a peaceful society. Download our Fact Sheet to learn more.

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Developing a policy is only one step in effecting change. Our teams work closely with partner governments, healthcare professionals, and local social service and community workers to ensure that the tenets of the law are effectively executed to have the greatest impact on vulnerable children and their parents and caregivers. The video demonstrates how the U.S. Government moves from policy to real time execution of the Global Child Thrive Act.



The Global Child Thrive Act officially became law on January 1, 2021 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021. The precise language of the law can be found here.



The Implementation Guidance aims to support USAID Missions and Operating Units in understanding how they can operationalize the Global Child Thrive Act through planning, implementing, and monitoring and evaluating integrated and inclusive approaches to improve early childhood development. The guidance builds on the recommended approaches outlined in the U.S. Government’s Advancing Protection and Care for Children in Adversity Strategy.


The Global Child Thrive Act in Action

Across the U.S. Government, dedicated child advocates apply the principles of the Global Child Thrive Act to a wide array of programs, ensuring they address the needs of our most vulnerable citizens while expanding opportunities for them to thrive within their families and communities. Here are some examples of the Global Child Thrive Act in Action.

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