Change in Mind


Healthy brain development is the foundation for child well-being and community prosperity. Changing systems and implementing policies that are informed by brain science can support children, families, and communities. From 2015 to 2017, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin was one of 15 sites in the United States and Canada that participated in the Alliance for Strong Families and Communities two-year Change in Mind initiative focused on infusing brain science into programs and organizations.

During the grant, Children’s ICFW staff gained a deeper understanding of theories, methodologies, and tools associated with systems change. Tools and strategies around strategic framing, design thinking, systemic interventions, and Developmental Evaluation continue to be central to the ICFW work around housing and integrating evidence-based practices into Children’s child welfare program. Children’s continues to work collaboratively with the Change in Mind Institute on disseminating insights and lessons learned around brains science and systems change through conference presentations and other efforts.

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ICFW Change in Mind Lessons Learned

Alberta Family Wellness Initiative

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Change in Mind Institute

Brain Story Certification (An online course in Brain Story Science)

Brain Story Guided Learning Experience (Illustrated)

How Brains Are Built: The Core Story of Brain Development (Video)

Resources for Parents:

Are you seeing these behaviors in your child?

The effects of trauma on your child

Ways to calm your child


Gabriel McGaughey
Luke Waldo


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (past funding)


Alliance for Strong Families and Communities Change in Mind Institute

All Community & Systems Change