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For Students

22-23 Morris Fellowship Application Open

Funding awards for undergraduate students engaging in independent research in child and family policy and gifted and talented education

NEW RESEARCH

Understanding the Full Cost of Child Poverty

A broader look at family finances can lead to better-designed programs that address child wellbeing

Upcoming Event

International Perspectives on Parenting and Child Development

Registration now open for this half-day conference on parenting and child development around the world.

In the Media

Investing in Latino children and youth—the future strength of the US

How the growing young Latino population in the U.S. fares matters for a robust economy and society. Lisa Gennetian and and co-author share ways to invest in their success. 

New Research

Measuring Educational Opportunity in NC Public School Districts

In a new research brief from The Hunt Institute, Robert Carr examines data on the reading and math achievement of students as they progress from third to eighth grade.

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

American Family Policy Is Holding Schools Back

September 28, 2022

The Atlantic

A child’s ability to succeed in the classroom is powerfully influenced by their home environment. Giving parents the support they need could be key to fixing American education.

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How resilience and learning are working hand in hand for our students in districts

September 26, 2022

EdNC

The NC Center for Resilience & Learning is teaching schools and districts how to better help students who have experienced trauma.

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How to Reduce Youth Violence

September 11, 2022

The Hill

We propose an approach that supports children’s mental health and well-being from birth onward that focuses on the important aspects of a child’s life.

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Q&A | Jennifer Lansford, director of Duke’s Center for Child & Family Policy

September 9, 2022

EdNC

EdNC spoke with Lansford about her time at CCFP, her policy goals, and what keeps her up at night.

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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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