CAD.20.025 – Kansen in de Kindertijd

Route: Child and adolescent development, upbringing and education

Cluster question: 059 How can we help children and adolescents grow up safe and healthy?

This NWA-ORC initiative aims to improve equality of opportunity in early childhood by integrating ‘big data’ into the delivery, evaluation, and development of preventive youth health care in the Netherlands. Early childhood investments lay the foundations for physical and mental health, knowledge and skills, wellbeing, and economic productivity over the life course. Our aim is is to integrate two key aspects of they way care and support to young children and their families are provided. First, no other country in the world has such a well-developed, nationally coordinated system of care and support for children as exists in the Netherlands. Especially between birth and adulthood, the Dutch Preventive Youth Health Care System (Jeugdgezondheidszorg, abbreviation JGZ) forms the key interface between families and care and support professionals. Before the age of four, these professionals will have had at least ten in-person interactions with nearly all children in the Netherlands. During these visits JGZ professionals will engage in screening, counseling, immunization, and behavioral and developmental assessments, as well as specific interventions and referrals to free specialist health care. And second, during these visits, an enormous wealth of data on child development and health is collected according to national guidelines. We will build a data infrastructure for the purpose of research and practical innovation. First, we will study, how, when, and where the opportunity gap in the Netherland opens up, and whether existing interventions reach the right families. Next, we will link JGZ data dat a wide range of administrative data sets on health, education and socio-economic outcomes to study the short- and long-term effects of existing programs, such as Voorzorg, Stevig Ouderschap, Samen Starten, standard JGZ activities, and Voor- en Vroegschoolse Educatie. We will investigate the heterogeneity of these effects by studying which types of children benefit most.


Big Data, Child health and development, socio-economic inequalities

Other organisations

Amsterdam UMC, NCJ, TNO, UMCG, Utrecht University (UU), UvA, Verwey-Jonker Instituut


Organisation Erasmus School of Economics (EUR)
Name Dr. B. (Bastian) Ravesteijn