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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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…
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.”
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.
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…
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
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…