Who We Are
Developmental Studies Center (DSC) is a nonprofit educational publisher dedicated to children‘s academic, ethical, and social development.
We believe that all children, regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, or economic status, should be able to grow to their fullest potential—academically, ethically, socially, and emotionally. This is essential for a humane, just, and productive democracy. Our path to this goal is through helping schools and after-school programs to become caring, inclusive “communities” and stimulating, supportive places in which to learn.
Since 1980, we have conducted research and developed school-based and after-school programs that help children achieve academically and develop socially. Our programs help build children’s capacity to think clearly and critically while simultaneously deepening their commitment to the values of kindness, helpfulness, personal responsibility, and respect for others.
Since 1980 our work has been generously supported by grants from more than 40 foundations and governmental agencies. Those grants have enabled us to incorporate rigorous cycles of pilot testing, field testing, evaluation, and revision into the development of our programs.
Our work involves very close, long-term collaborations with schools and districts across the country, and with after-school organizations such as the YMCA of the USA and the Boys & Girls Clubs of America. These partnerships help to ensure that our programs are practical and feasible to implement, and that they are effective with diverse students in a broad range of settings.
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