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Katie Rosanbalm Appointed Associate Research Professor at Sanford

For Undergraduates

Now Accepting Applications for Morris Fellowship Programs

Upcoming Event

Celebrating the Contribution of Developmental Psychology to Public Policy

Upcoming Event

Color of Education Summit 2023

Join us on October 7 for the annual Color of Education Summit. This year’s theme will focus on The Path Forward: Co-Creating Equitable Spaces.

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Advancing Research and Policy Solutions for Children and Families

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

When Policy Becomes Personal

July 20, 2023

EdNC

Teachers love full circle moments — those situations where our influence is broader than we imagined, as years later we encounter students from long ago in places we didn’t expect.

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Study Finds Positive Results for Disadvantaged Children in Fifth Grade from Public Pre-K Programs

July 17, 2023

The Journal

A recent study showed marked positive outcomes for Black and Hispanic disadvantaged children in the fifth grade who had attended pre-K programs. Ken Dodge expanded on research done in 2014, when North Carolina’s public pre-K program, NC Pre-K, was begun.

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Statewide project helps early childhood workforce be ‘seen, heard, and held’

June 26, 2023

EdNC

ITTI Care is a research project based out of Duke University and funded by North Carolina’s Division of Child Development and Early Education. The mission of the project is to support the wellness of the early childhood workforce, ensuring they feel “seen, heard, and held” in their workplaces.

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As funding cliff looms, NC has opportunity to improve child care access, advocates say

June 21, 2023

NC Health News

In North Carolina, federal pandemic funding from the American Rescue Plan Act, which went into effect in March 2021, helped childcare providers boost pay and benefits and subsidized the cost of child care for many families.

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Featured Projects

Research Project

Poverty and Economic Self Sufficiency Among Hispanic Families with Children

The National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families is a collaboration between Child Trends and three university based research partners and serves as a hub of research-based information on low-income Hispanic children and families.

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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

ITTI Care

The Infant-Toddler Trauma-Informed Care (ITTI Care) Project leverages the existing early childhood education workforce support system to expand and strengthen trauma-informed knowledge and practice within the communities they serve.

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Research Project

Local Criminal Justice Reform Efforts: Effects on Employment, Self-Sufficiency, and Family Well-Being

This study is evaluating a local program in Durham, NC, that waives the fees of those who have a suspended license due to failure to pay, in order to discover how reinstating drivers’ licenses can reduce barriers to employment and self-sufficiency.

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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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