Fundamental units of society include not only individuals but also the voluntary institutions they create – families and communities. Robust families and thriving communities provide the ideal social and economic ecosystem for human flourishing.
Children exist in families, which exist in communities. They grow and develop within a developmental ecology comprised of the individual within progressively more complex, nested social systems. Child development is indivisible from the community systems surrounding children.
To improve child outcomes is to improve community capacity and vice versa. In this way, self-governing communities and families provide an organically protective and supportive ecosystem for children to grow and thrive.