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New Research

The Importance of Teacher Diversity

Dr. Kisha N. Daniels, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Education at Duke University, partnered with the Center for Child and Family Policy and The Hunt Institute on two new policy briefs that explore the (1) barriers to having a more diverse teacher workforce and (2) why teacher diversity matters.

Student News

Congratulations to our 2022-2023 Morris Fellows!

We are excited to support these scholars with their independent research projects in child and family policy.

New Research

Unemployment Insurance Access Disparities

New research from Anna Gassman-Pines finds that unemployment insurance has unrealized potential to reduce material and health disparities but that Black and Hispanic workers are less likely than White workers to receive unemployment insurance at all.

New Research

Four Ways Charter Schools Undermine Good Education Policy

Helen Ladd argues that charter schools disrupt four core goals of education policy in the United States and offers policy recommendations to better meet these challenges.

Faculty News

Dr. Ken Dodge Receives NIH MERIT Award

Dr. Ken Dodge was recently awarded an NIH Method to Extend Research In Time (MERIT) award in recognition and support of his outstanding research.

Our Mission

The Center for Child and Family Policy is dedicated to improving the well-being of children and families through research, education, and engagement. We study factors that influence child outcomes, develop and test promising interventions, and advance evidence-based practices and policies that can inform change and unlock opportunities for all children and their families.

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Recent News

Four Ways Charter Schools Undermine Good Education Policy

November 10, 2022

Forbes

Charters, by design, “operate outside state and local education systems,” to varying degrees depending on which state we’re talking about. Ladd observes that this creates several challenges.

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Student Reflection on Color of Education 2022 Summit

November 1, 2022

CCFP News

By Riley Selig-Addiss, MPP Candidate, Sanford School of Public Policy On a day dedicated to illuminating the past in the hopes of improving our future, Dr. Jelani Cobb’s keynote speech intuitively addressed the importance of “Sankofa,” looking backwards to move forward.  Dr. Cobb, who is currently the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia…

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Economics of Infant Feeding in the U.S.

October 10, 2022

Econofact

The national shortage of baby formula in the U.S. that began in February of 2022 cast an urgent spotlight on the difficulties parents can face in meeting basic nutritional needs of their babies. A narrow focus on the supply of infant formula or the benefits of breastfeeding does not shed light on the full scope of economic tradeoffs families face.

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Featured Projects

Research Project

BELLA Online: ESL and Classroom Teachers Working Together With Children and Families

Project goal is to design, develop, and test an online professional development program called Bridging English Language Learning and Academics (BELLA) for improving teacher and student outcomes for working with English Learners (ELs).

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Research Project

The Impact of Mental Health Therapy on Job Creation and Business Outcomes in Youth and Female-Led Enterprises

This study will evaluate the impact of cognitive behavior therapy delivered through virtual reality on job creation and business outcomes in youth and female-led enterprises in Nigeria via improvements in depression, stress, and anxiety.

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Research Project

Net Worth Poverty and Children’s Development

Project Description This study examines how net worth poverty – or household’s whose wealth levels fall below one-quarter of the federal poverty line – is associated with children’s cognitive and behavioral development. Most children who are net worth poor are not income poor, meaning that these economically vulnerable group of children have been conventionally overlooked…

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For Students

The Center offers a variety of ways for Duke students at every level to learn about child and family policy and become involved in original research.

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