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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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