National Scientific Council on the Developing Child. (2023). Place Matters: The Environment We Create Shapes the Foundations of Healthy Development: Working Paper No. 16.
This working paper (Center of the Developing Child, Harvard University) examines how the built and natural environments – and the systemic factors that shape those environments – interact with each other and with a child’s social environment in deeply interconnected ways.
The paper includes reference to children’s access to green spaces.
The authors demand ‘…the incorporation of a more intentional early childhood perspective within the current concerns of urban planning, rural development, environmental protection, climate change, and anti-discrimination policies, among others’.
They reference the Childhood Opportunity Index (COI) – a tool with indicators for evaluating assets and risk factors at the neighbourhood level.