Partnership for After School Education

Issue 103

July 15, 2015

Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework

Researchers at the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, through a grant from the Wallace Foundation, have released a new report, Foundations for Young Adult Success: A Developmental Framework. Amid growing recognition that strong academic skills alone are not enough for young people to become successful adults, this comprehensive report offers wide-ranging evidence to show what young people need to develop from preschool to young adulthood to succeed in college and career, have healthy relationships, be engaged citizens, and make wise choices. The report offers a framework for understanding people’s progress from early childhood into early adulthood and describes four "foundational components" children need to develop: self-regulation, knowledge and skills, mindsets and values.