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Teachers’ First Classroom Experiences and Persistent Racial Gaps in Schooling

New research findings show that teachers’ experiences during their first year in the profession impact how they assess students, particularly Black students, later in their careers.

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When Mattering (Really) Matters: A Window of Opportunity in Adolescence by Dr. Ronald E. Dahl

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Parent and Provider Voices on Early Care and Education in North Carolina

Four research briefs highlighting parent and provider perspectives about the needs, strengths and challenges of the early care and education system in North Carolina.

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Transitional Kindergarten: The New Kid on the Early Learning Block

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CCFP’s Annual Report 2022-2023

Highlights of our continued work to advance our mission of improving the well-being of children and families through research, education, and engagement.

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

Careers in Child and Family Policy: Think Tanks

March 1, 2024

CCFP News

By Minjee Kim, PPS ’25 On February 16, 2024, the Center for Child and Family Policy welcomed two panelists, Libby Doyle, current Duke MPP student and former researcher analyst with the Urban Institute, and Emilia Sotolongo, senior technical assistance analyst at Child Trends. They sat down with a group of undergraduate and graduate students and…

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Poverty Among Hispanic Children in the U.S.

February 21, 2024

EconoFact

Among the four largest ethnic and racial groups in the United States, Hispanics had the highest rate of child poverty at 19.5% in 2022, as measured by the Supplemental Poverty Measure. And, Hispanic children are projected to make up an increasingly larger share of the country’s under 18 population — almost a third of U.S. children by 2050.

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Offenses for drug possession rising in North Carolina schools as reporting systems expand, new data shows

February 20, 2024

WRAL News

School crime rates, after largely declining for the past decade, have risen since the pandemic. At the same time, the state has drastically increased anonymous tip systems that allow people to report concerns about student or adult behavior in school.

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Careers in Child and Family Policy: Policy & Advocacy Work in the Nonprofit Sector

February 16, 2024

CCFP News

By Phoebe Ducote, PPS ’25 On January 19, 2024, the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) welcomed panelists from three nonprofit policy organizations for its Exploring Careers in Child and Family Policy Speaker Series. Neil Harrington from NC Child, Brennan Lewis from Equality NC, and Elizabeth Paul from the Public School Forum of North…

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Featured Projects

Research Project

Substance Use Treatment & Access to Resources Study

Evaluation of the Substance use Treatment and Access to Resources and Supports (STARS) program for pregnant women who have a substance use issue and babies who have been exposed to substances.

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Research Project

Durham Children’s Initiative Evaluation

Project Description The Durham Children’s Initiative (DCI) (formerly East Durham Children’s Initiative) is a place-based, nonprofit organization that supports children and families from cradle to college or career. Established in 2010, DCI’s vision is that all children in Durham graduate from high school ready for college or career. To achieve this vision, DCI provides children…

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Research Project

North Carolina Preschool Development Grant

Project Description CCFP researchers have partnered with colleagues at The Hunt Institute and Child Trends on multiple projects for North Carolina’s Preschool Development Grant, within the North Carolina Division of Child Development and Early Education. The Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five (PDG) is administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration…

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Research Project

Child and Adolescent Predictors of Young Adults’ and Their Parents’ Primals in Nine Countries

This study provides an unprecedented opportunity to understand whether and how primals in early adulthood are predicted by childhood and adolescent experiences and how parents’ primals are related to their young adult children’s primals in the most diverse long-term longitudinal study ever conducted.

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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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