The Childrens Project:
Developing Emotionally-Healthy Children, Families, Schools, and Communities

Emotional health provides the foundation for success at school and in life. I believe that one of the most serious and under-recognized problems facing our nation today is the failure to meet the emotional needs of our children. These needs are neglected at home and at school. This neglect, which I call “the missing agenda,” jeopardizes the future of our children and our society. How To Raise Emotionally Healthy Children was written to raise public consciousness regarding the problem and to provide a practical resource to enable parents, teachers and childcare providers to do something about it.

Following its publication, I spoke to hundreds of people and realized that there was a hunger for the information in the book. Inspired by this enthusiasm from people of widely different backgrounds, my goal became to get the book to as many adults as possible who influence children—that’s how I came to initiate The Children’s Project.

I founded this nonprofit organization with my wife, Deborah Newmark, who brings a wealth of experience to the project. After many successful years working with non-profit organizations, Deborah started her own promotional business, worked with Fortune 500 companies and became an Award Winner for her ideas and the results produced on her projects. She gave up her business to devote all her efforts to The Children’s Project.

We decided to focus first on schools because that’s where parents, teachers and children come together. Soon after beginning with schools, we received requests for speaking engagements and for book purchases from many different organizations concerned with the well-being of children. The popularity of the book continues to grow across ethnic, religious, cultural, socio-economic and age groups. The book is available in English and Spanish in the United States, and has been translated into seven other languages.

We’d like to share with you our vision, our progress, our projects, and our goals.

— Dr. Gerald Newmark