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CCFP Community Spotlight: Q&A with Jenneca Graber-Grace

June 14, 2024

Jenneca Graber-Grace is a staff specialist who has been working with CCFP since mid-September 2023.  She helps researchers, faculty, and staff process expenses, supports the communications team, and also works on graphic design and photography for Center events. Learn more about Jenneca’s work in our CCFP Community Spotlight below.   What were you doing prior…

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Marcos Rangel Named Scientific Director of North Carolina Education Research Data Center

May 30, 2024

Marcos Rangel has been appointed scientific director of the North Carolina Education Research Data Center (NCERDC), housed in the Center. The NCERDC was created in 2001 through a partnership with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction to store and manage data on the state’s public schools, school districts, students, and teachers. The data, which…

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Student Reflections on School Research Partnership Dinner 2024

May 14, 2024

On April 18, the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) hosted the School Research Partnership‘s annual spring event, featuring student poster presentations and an expert panel on Early Care & Education in North Carolina: Pressing Challenges and Future Directions in the Aftermath of COVID-19. Leslie Babinksi, director of the School Research Partnership, gave opening…

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Student Reflection on Benforado Talk “How Prioritizing Kids Benefits Us All”

April 12, 2024

[Benforado] inspired me to continue advocating for the cause of putting children first. Minjee Kim PPS ’25 Dr. Adam Benforado, professor of law at Drexel University, discussed the importance of prioritizing child wellbeing in public policy as part of the Robert R. Wilson Distinguished Lecture series on March 7, 2024. Benforado was welcomed by the…

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Careers in Child and Family Policy: Think Tanks

March 1, 2024

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

February 16, 2024

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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CCFP Community Spotlight: Q&A with Ann Skinner

February 6, 2024

Ann Skinner is a research scientist working with CCFP and C-StARR. She has been with CCFP for just over 22 years, working for much of that time on Parenting Across Cultures. Recently, her research has been aimed at understanding the impact of COVID-19 on families around the world and how families cope when exposed to…

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Parent and Provider Voices on Early Care and Education

January 31, 2024

Four newly released research briefs, Parent and Provider Voices on Early Care and Education in North Carolina, present parents’ and providers’ insights into the strengths, needs, and ideas for improvement on four topics: All Aboard: Parent and Provider Feedback on Meeting Early Care and Education School Readiness Goals Building Resilience: Nurturing Social and Emotional Health…

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International Student Reflection on “Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America”

January 5, 2024

On November 30, I watched the recorded video of the presentation, Revealing the Legacy of Poverty in America, which featured leading poverty researchers Kathryn Edin, William Church Osborne Professor of Sociology and Public Affairs; and Timothy Nelson, lecturer in the Department of Sociology, both at Princeton University. They presented findings from their new book, “The…

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Student Reflection on “Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America”

November 7, 2023

On October 19, Kathryn Edin, Timothy Nelson and Liv Mann of Princeton University presented the Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture, “Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America.” The lecture drew on findings presented in Edin and Nelson’s new book, The Injustice of Place: Uncovering the Legacy of Poverty in America. Edin is the William Church Osborn Professor…

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CCFP Community Spotlight: Q&A with Lola James

October 17, 2023

Lola James is a first-year dual Master of Public Policy and Master of Business Administration candidate at Duke. She recently joined the CCFP community, working as a research assistant with Katie Rosanbalm on the North Carolina Resilience and Learning Project, which supports trauma-informed education in schools across the state. Learn more about Lola in our CCFP Community…

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Parenting Across Cultures Receives 2022 Article of the Year Award

June 16, 2023

The Parenting Across Cultures project team’s research evaluating the effectiveness of Kenya’s legal ban on corporal punishment was recognized by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children and Sage Publishing.

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Laura Stilwell Awarded Prestigious F30 Grant

June 6, 2023

CCFP student Laura Stilwell, a PhD candidate in the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been awarded a prestigious F30 grant though the NIH’s National Institute of Child Health & Human Development.

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Student Reflections on School Research Partnership Dinner 2023

May 15, 2023

On April 20, the Center for Child and Family Policy (CCFP) hosted the School Research Partnership’s annual dinner, themed The Power of School-Community-Research Partnerships in Building Student and Educator Wellness. The dinner featured a panel discussion about the importance of prioritizing a sustained and meaningful focus on collective care, social-emotional wellness, and community-building within schools…

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Careers in Child and Family Policy with Shantel Meek

April 14, 2023

By Clara Bonzi Teixeira ’24 Dr. Shantel Meek, founder of the Children’s Equity Project, joined the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy on March 22, 2023 to discuss her career in child and family policy. Meek’s most recent career move has been to launch the Children’s Equity Project (CEP), a multi-university initiative at Arizona State…

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Sarah Komisarow Receives Best Paper Award by AEFP

March 30, 2023

Komisarow received the Thomas A. Downes Best Paper Award for authoring the top journal article published in 2022 in Education Finance and Policy.

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Careers in Child and Family Policy: Finding Your Purpose with Derek Rhodes

March 22, 2023

By Clara Bonzi Teixeira, MPP ’24 Founder and executive director of Durham Success Summit, Derek Rhodes, PPS ’15, joined the Center for Child and Family Policy on March 3 to talk about his professional journey and why he quit the corporate world to start his own non-profit. Rhodes has always had a passion for social…

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Careers in Child and Family Policy: Advocacy

March 7, 2023

by Clara Bonzi Teixeira The Center for Child and Family Policy welcomed two child advocacy professionals on February 3, 2023, Morgan Forrester Ray, director of the EarlyWell Initiative at NC Child, and Morgan Wittman Gramann, executive director at North Carolina Alliance for Health, for its Career Series. Although Ray and Gramann have had very different…

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Lansford Named President-Elect of the Society for Research in Child Development

February 10, 2023

Jennifer Lansford, director of the Center for Child and Family Policy and research professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy, has been named President-Elect of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), the society announced on February 8. Lansford’s position will take effect in March 2023. She will serve as SRCD President for…

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Pursuing Careers in Local and State Government with Rebecca Feinglos

February 6, 2023

by Clara Bonzi Teixeira The Center for Child and Family Policy welcomed Duke alum Rebecca Feinglos on January 20, 2023 to discuss her diverse set of experiences working in state and local government. Feinglos was part of the Center’s Career Series, which seeks to help students explore the wide range of career opportunities in child…

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Student Reflection on “School Desegregation: Past, Present and Future”

December 13, 2022

By Grace Lee, Child Policy Research Certificate student ’23 A push for increased diversity in classes and programs is at the forefront of many educational institution initiatives. Those initiatives would not be possible without the efforts of figures such as Dr. Dudley Flood, a champion of school integration who was instrumental in desegregating schools across…

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International Perspectives on Parenting and Childhood Development

November 14, 2022

On October 20, 2022, the Center for Child and Family Policy hosted a conference on International Perspectives on Parenting and Childhood Development, where researchers from the Parenting Across Cultures (PAC) longitudinal study presented their findings.

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Student Reflection on Color of Education 2022 Summit

November 1, 2022

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.

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Reflections by Teach for America Alums @ CCFP Career Series

October 10, 2022

The Center for Child and Family Policy welcomed Nichole Davis, Cassie Lutterloh, and Whitney McCoy on September 23, 2022, to discuss their experiences with Teach for America (TFA). The three speakers discussed their experiences in TFA and how it shaped their career choices and involvement in education policy.

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Educational Support for Immigrant Students and their Families Begins with Renewed Perspective

May 13, 2022

In her recent lecture, Teaching in Times of COVID: Preparing Teachers to Work with Immigrant Students, Families, and Communities, Dr. Ana Christina da Silva addressed many questions teachers and schools are still asking. Dr. da Silva’s approach to the challenge invites educators to embrace curiosity, rather than grapple for control.

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The Power of Storytelling: How Parents and Caregivers Can Give Children a Strong Foundation for Language and Literacy Development

May 9, 2022

The long-term benefits of telling stories with young children was recently documented by a team of researchers, including Duke University Research Scientist Dr. Robert Carr. In a study published in Developmental Psychology, the research team found that children demonstrated higher language skills and, in turn, higher literacy skills throughout elementary school if their mothers used…

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Gennetian Appointed as Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research

April 26, 2022

Lisa A. Gennetian, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at Duke Sanford and affiliate of the Center for Child and Family Policy, has been appointed as a research associate in the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) Program on Children. A top nonpartisan research organization based in Cambridge, Massachusetts, NBER is dedicated to conducting…

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Creating More Promising Preschool Programs: How Can We Protect Against Fade Out of Skills Learned During Preschool?

April 5, 2022

Dr. Margaret Burchinal of the University of Virginia recently joined the Center to deliver her guest lecture, “Creating More Promising Preschool Programs: Implications of Preschool Quality and Fade-Out/Catch-Up.”

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Study reveals how parents may help children develop resilience in the face of a public health crisis

March 11, 2022

Newly published research examining adolescent stress during the COVID-19 pandemic suggests parents can play a key role in helping their children develop resilience in the face of community-wide threats or public health crises.

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Careers in State and Local Government: Affecting Change from the Inside

March 7, 2022

By Sophia Bruton, Public Policy Undergraduate, ’22 On February 18, 2022, the Center for Child and Family Policy hosted a Careers in Child and Family Policy event focused on positions within state and local governments, with guest speakers Kelly Andrews and Alena Antonowich. Both speakers discussed their education and career paths, followed by a question-answer…

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Advice from Alumni in Legal Advocacy: Use “Why” as Your Guide

February 24, 2022

Why do you want to do what you want to do with your life? A recent panel of Legal Advocacy alumni offered listeners a different starting line as they begin their career search into the world of Child and Family Policy. Shajuti Houssain Duke Law ’18 Chavis Jones Duke Law ’20 Peggy Nicholson Senior Lecturing…

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The Power of Advocacy: Leveraging an Unprecedented Opportunity for Education Equity and Justice

February 2, 2022

Children are born ready to learn. Their development is influenced by the experiences they have and the people who surround them. Education has the power to close gaps in opportunity, help students obtain knowledge to succeed, and improve the lives of young people.

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Equity and Inclusion on Sesame Street

January 20, 2022

Everyone knows Sesame Street. Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit behind the children’s television show, has harnessed this ubiquity to create powerful social change through an accessible platform.

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Learning Recovery and Acceleration: Pursuing Strategic Partnerships to Support N.C. Public School Students

December 20, 2021

On December 7, 2021, the Center for Child and Family Policy hosted Drs. Michael Maher and Jeni Corn as a part of its School Research Partnership event, The Road to Recovery in N.C. Public Schools: Comprehensive Planning, Strategic Investments, and Charting a Path Forward.

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Early Childhood Depression: Awareness and Intervention

December 2, 2021

Depression is one of the most prominent psychiatric conditions today, affecting approximately one in three adults in the United States (Ettman et al., 2021). During the pandemic, mental health conditions have become so common that this statistic may not seem surprising. But something major is missing from the statistic: children.

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Supportive Parenting Promotes Resilience among Families during Public Health Crises, Study Finds

November 23, 2021

A new study co-authored by Ann Skinner looks at how the relation between COVID-related personal disruptions as reported by mothers and their young adult children was associated with increased anxiety, depression and aggression experienced by both.

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“What Could Be:” The Potential of Guaranteed Incomes to Ensure Economic Security

November 19, 2021

On November 9, 2021, Natalie Foster, co-chair and co-founder of the Economic Security Project, and Dr. Aisha Nyandoro, CEO of Springboard to Opportunities, tackled the topic, “What Happens When You Give People Money,” as part of the Center for Child and Family Policy’s Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture Series.

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“It takes more than food to fight hunger”: Bridging Policy, Partnerships, and Practice to Support American Children

November 11, 2021

Billy Shore, founder and executive chair of Share Our Strength, was the featured speaker at the October 27, 2021, installment of the Foundation Impact Research Group seminar series, co-sponsored by the Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society, the Center for Child and Family Policy, and the Duke World Food Policy Center.

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Impacts of the Marcellus Shale Economic Boom on Reproductive Health Outcomes

November 8, 2021

The Center recently hosted Dr. Tiffany Green, assistant professor of population health sciences and obstetrics and gynecology, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, as a speaker in its Early Childhood Initiative Series.

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Perspectives on Pursuing a Graduate Degree in Child and Family Policy

November 5, 2021

CCFP welcomed graduate students Gayane Baziyants, Maya Escueta, Liza Rodler, and Adam Stanaland as part of its Exploring Careers in Child and Family Policy speaker series.

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Turnover and Burnout in Early Childhood Education Settings

October 18, 2021

On September 30, 2021, the Center welcomed guest speaker, Daphna Bassok, associate professor of education and public policy at the University of Virginia, as part of its Early Childhood Initiative series.

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Eisensmith Works To Optimize Child Outcomes

October 6, 2021

CCFP welcomed Durham native and Duke alumna Dr. Sarah Rabiner Eisensmith as part of its Exploring Careers in Child and Family Policy speaker series.

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Rewiring the High School Experience: Innovations of the P-TECH Program

October 4, 2021

“P-TECH blows apart the notion that high school is grade 9 to 12, and then students…enroll in a college,” shared Litow. Instead, P-TECH creates a novel, integrated high school and college program.

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Parent-Teachers and Teacher-Learners: Co-Constructing Curriculum for Young Children

May 3, 2021

Dr. Christine McWayne, professor at Tufts University, an applied developmental scientist and community-based early childhood educational researcher, focuses on fostering a better understanding of the early social and learning successes of young children growing up in urban poverty. She believes that the use of culturally grounded information can help bridge the divides that often exist between primary helpers, such as parents and teachers, in young children’s lives.

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Why Innovation is Key for Addressing Child Poverty in the Post-COVID World

April 30, 2021

“Addressing Child Poverty during the Pandemic” featured Dr. Lisa Gennetian, Pritzker Professor of Early Learning Policy Studies at the Sanford School of Public Policy, and David Reese, president and CEO of Durham Children’s Initiative. During this webinar, the pair gave their perspectives on the challenges and successes the child poverty space has witnessed over the past year and what the future may hold.

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Evaluating the Scale Up of the Building Blocks Preschool Mathematics Curriculum

April 29, 2021

On April 13, 2021, the Center for Child and Family Policy hosted Tyler Watts, assistant professor of developmental psychology at Teachers College, Columbia University. Watts studies educational policies designed to promote the cognitive and socio-emotional development of children from underserved communities. His talk focused on his current research evaluating the Building Blocks preschool mathematics curriculum.

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“No More Band-Aids”: A Call for Interdisciplinary Collaboration to Support Minority Children and Families During and After COVID-19

April 1, 2021

The 2021 Sulzberger Distinguished Lecture Series featured Dr. Cynthia Garcia Coll, who has devoted the past 30 years of her career studying child development. Dr. Garcia Coll began her presentation by sharing the distressing reality that the COVID-19 pandemic and associated economic downfall has had dramatically higher impacts on Black communities, Indigenous communities, and people of color.

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Restoring the “American Dream” for All Children

March 4, 2021

How can we increase economic opportunity for children from neighborhoods with low upward mobility? The Duke Center for Child and Family Policy and the Duke University Population Research Institute hosted Dr. Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Economics at Harvard University, to share research findings from his work using big data to address this issue.

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ABC Science Collaborative Helps Bridge Data Gap to Ensure Safe Reopening of N.C. Schools

February 10, 2021

Collaboration is critical in legislation and school re-openings. The ABC Science Collaborative, a consortium of public health scientists and physicians from Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, has fully embraced collaboration in working to safely re-open K-12 schools across North Carolina.

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Making the Case for Cash Transfers to Families with Children

October 14, 2020

We know, based on mounting research evidence, that children thrive when they have stable, nurturing environments where there’s routine, responsive parenting, proper care, and quality nutrition and education. What we do not quite fully understand well is what kinds of policy can help both reduce the negative effects of poverty and foster the circumstances for children to thrive. My colleagues and I make the case that cash transfers to families with children is a promising possible solution.

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A Sanford Professor Became a Principal for a Day. See How She Fared.

April 16, 2019

By Leslie Babinski I always knew school principals had a big job, but my recent stint as “Principal for a Day” made it very clear how complex and multifaceted even just a few hours of a principal’s life can be. Thanks to the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce and their efforts to bring business and…

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