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Racial Inequality Research Grants Awarded to Duke Faculty

May 6, 2022
Duke Faculty Advancement

The Office of the Provost has selected 18 projects for funding through The Duke Endowment that engage topics related to the issue of racial inequality. Among those selected include projects led by CCFP’s Anna Gassman-Pines, Beth Gifford and Sarah Komisarow during the 2022-2023 academic year. 

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Letter to the Editor: NC charter school backers fight federal grant rule changes

April 20, 2022
The News & Observer

State and local taxpayers cover the operating costs of charter schools, as well as the negative spillovers that they impose on local school districts. This public funding requires policy makers to pay attention not only to the benefits for enrolled students, but also to the collective or public interests that justify public funding for education.

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Dreaming of a universal early childhood system

April 17, 2022
EdNC

Early childhood experts and community leaders from North Carolina and across the country described the needs of young children and families and how our systems, policies, and government structures could better address those needs.

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A vision ‘as breathtaking and groundbreaking as public school’ for early childhood

April 14, 2022
EdNC

Hosted at Duke University, the gathering, “Building a Universal System for Families with Young Children in North Carolina,” was organized by the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke’s Sanford School of Public Policy and by The Hunt Institute.

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COVID & Families Across Cultures [Podcast]

April 13, 2022
Policy 360 Podcast

Prior to the pandemic, Jennifer Lansford and her colleagues were conducting in-depth, multi-year research on children and families in nine countries. They are now expanding their research to consider COVID-19 and children and parents’ mental health.

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How Charter Schools Disrupt Good Education Policy [Lecture]

April 12, 2022
Wellesley College

Helen Ladd presents The Diane Silvers Ravitch ’60 Lecture: How Charter Schools Disrupt Good Education Policy at Wellesley.

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Bipartisan Report Calls for Rebalancing U.S. Priorities Towards Children [Podcast]

April 8, 2022
Policy 360 Podcast

A bipartisan report on the challenges and opportunities facing children in America stresses the need to rebalance national investments toward children.

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Bristling at Budget-Busting Buyouts

April 1, 2022
Inside Higher Ed

Questionable spending on contract buyouts for fired coaches at the University of South Carolina has state lawmakers demanding answers. It’s a familiar story at colleges across the country.

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Early Learning Is Key To Global Competitiveness; We Must Invest Now

March 8, 2022
Forbes

Early childhood education (ECE) and its counterpart, childcare, are indispensable in the effort to maximize the percentage of our population that has the necessary education and opportunity to not only function but to succeed and grow and thrive in a global economy.

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Classroom Disruptions

February 28, 2022
The New York Times

There is now a consensus that children learned much less than usual — and that their mental health suffered — when schools were shut for months in 2020 and 2021. But Covid-related school shutdowns did not really end during Omicron. They instead became more subtle, often involving individual schools, classrooms or groups of students, rather than entire districts.

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COVID & Families Across Cultures [Podcast]

February 9, 2022
Sanford School of Public Policy

Jennifer Lansford joins Sanford School Dean Judith Kelley on the Policy 360 podcast to discuss ongoing research in nine countries around the world related to COVID-19 and parents’ and young people’s mental health.

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Bipartisan Group Offers Policy Plan for Rebalancing National Investments Toward Children

February 8, 2022
CCFP News

February 8, 2022 — A bipartisan report released today on the challenges and opportunities facing children in America stresses the need to rebalance national investments toward children. The consensus report, “Rebalancing: Children First,” is released by the American Enterprise Institute-Brookings Institution Working Group on Childhood in the United States. More than three years in the…

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Low-income people pay more into lottery-funded scholarships

February 5, 2022
Zipe-Education

As the Mega Millions and Powerball jackpots grow, so do the lines of people looking to buy a ticket. That’s good news for state coffers and the public education programs they fund. In many states, a significant share of lottery revenue helps finance public higher education.

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Study links lead in childhood well water to teen delinquency

February 1, 2022
ScienceDaily

Exposure to lead in drinking water from private wells during early childhood is associated with an increased risk of being reported for delinquency during teenage years, according to a new study.

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COVID-19 school closures took a toll on children’s mental health — and made parents more likely to lose their temper

January 18, 2022
MarketWatch

As omicron threatens to lead to more school closures, a new study by researchers at Duke and Columbia looks at the pressures of such closures on families.

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Early childhood education and later educational outcomes

January 6, 2022
Fordham Institute

Much attention has recently focused on early childhood education (ECE), thanks in part to its inclusion in President Biden’s Build Back Better bill. A new study by Robert C. Carr and colleagues investigated how the longitudinal effects of ECE are mediated by the quality of the K–12 schooling that follows.

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Anna Gassman-Pines On Early Impacts Of The Pandemic For Parents In Service Occupations [PODCAST]

December 20, 2021
Institute for Research on Poverty

In this podcast episode Gassman-Pines offers an overview of their findings and discusses how what they learned fits within the larger context of low-wage work in the United States.

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Duke Law Researchers Pry Open the ‘Black Box’ of Plea Bargaining

December 9, 2021
The Crime Report

The vast majority of criminal cases in the United States are resolved without a trial. Duke researchers designed and implemented a data collection system that was piloted in prosecution offices in Durham, NC, and Berkshire, MA.

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How Do Low-Income Families Spend Their Money?

November 17, 2021
EconoFact

Our analysis shows that in spite of the safety net programs that support families residing in poverty, those living at or below twice the federal poverty line, devote a substantial share of their monthly expenditures to goods and services necessary for basic shelter, health, and nutrition.

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5 Top Takeaways from the Hunt Institute Webinar: Exploring the Legacy of the Abecedarian Project

November 16, 2021
Early Learning Nation

Researchers continue to explore how to sustain the benefits that early childhood education (ECE) generates.

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Parents’ Behavioral Control vs. Psychological Control

November 15, 2021
Psychology Today

Jennifer Lansford breaks down parents’ behavioral control versus psychological control and why they are important for children’s development.

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Community partnerships push Spartanburg’s Hello Family initiative

November 15, 2021
The Post and Courier

Family Connects International in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

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How Are Kids Handling The Pandemic? We Asked Them.

November 10, 2021
FiveThirtyEight

Are kids and teenagers stressed, depressed and scared? How do they see themselves and their families changed by the pandemic? And how has their behavior changed to help reduce the spread of COVID-19 in their daily life?

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Hannah-Jones Urges Educators to Reject ‘Anti-History Laws’

November 1, 2021
U.S. News & World Report

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones urged supporters of public education in North Carolina on Oct. 26 to organize to fight “anti-history laws” being promoted by Republican lawmakers.

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Nikole Hannah-Jones urges NC educators to fight against ‘anti-history laws’

October 26, 2021
The Charlotte Observer

Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones urged supporters of public education in North Carolina on Tuesday to organize to fight “anti-history laws” being promoted by Republican lawmakers.

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The US Needs To Invest In The Working-Class

October 22, 2021
Giving Compass

Our nation’s social infrastructure is composed of the economic and social investments that are necessary for U.S. workers and families to be able to take care of their loved ones and remain productive members of the U.S. workforce.

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Groundbreaking NC early childhood study missed a lot by ignoring race, paper says

October 22, 2021
EdNC

North Carolina is home to one of the most famous early childhood research studies, the Carolina Abecedarian Project, which for decades has affected research, policy, and public knowledge about the importance of early childhood experiences.

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Family support program comes to the High Country

October 21, 2021
Mountain Times

Family Connects is an evidence-based program, building on research that indicates more than 90 percent of families can use some additional support.

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Evidence shows that now is the time to invest in U.S. workers and their families

October 20, 2021
Washington Center for Equitable Growth

Our economy will be stronger and our families will be more secure tomorrow if we invest in care today.

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How second chances and support at this Dallas cafe can discourage juvenile recidivism

October 19, 2021
PBS

Like other social enterprises focused on helping formerly incarcerated people, Café Momentum, located in Dallas, provides paid work for young people looking to get another start. But it also layers multiple forms of support — education, basic supplies and real-world skills — that are key to staying out of the system but hard for many youth to find at home.

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Four reasons why schools are facing crippling shortages

October 11, 2021
Idaho Ed News

The staffing shortage has become a defining feature of this school year.

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How can we reduce turnover among early childhood educators? Pay them more, a study finds

October 4, 2021
EdNC

Early education providers across the state and country are struggling to find and keep teachers. That has always been the case, but the current labor market and pandemic disruptions have worsened the problem.

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Four reasons why schools are facing crippling shortages

September 28, 2021
News Nation USA

In Denver, schools are struggling to find nurses. In Detroit, they’re short security officers. Principals across the country say substitute teachers appear to have vanished altogether.

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NC schools struggle to provide mental health support for children

September 17, 2021
The Charlotte Observer

The slew of stressors associated with the COVID-19 pandemic have taken a serious toll on youth mental health. But now that students have returned to the classroom, N.C. schools don’t have enough resources to support their emotional and behavioral needs.

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Why Does the Richest Country in the World Have So Many Poor Kids?

September 15, 2021
Freakonomics Radio

Among O.E.C.D. nations, the U.S. has one of the highest rates of child poverty. How can that be? To find out, Stephen Dubner speaks with a Republican senator, a Democratic mayor, and a large cast of econo-nerds.

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Census: Children see the largest rise in poverty rates for 2020

September 15, 2021
CBS17

There were 3.3 million more people living in poverty in 2020 compared to 2019. The largest group experiencing poverty were children.

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Why we’d better look beyond cost to create pathways for all students

September 9, 2021
University Business

We are bombarded by data that illustrates the growing income inequality in society and its connection to educational attainment.

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Staggering US wealth inequality heaps long-term harm on to minority children

September 2, 2021
The Guardian

Black children have access to just 1 cent for every dollar enjoyed by their white counterparts, new research shows, and Hispanic kids fare little better.

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Three White House Policies That Aim to Close the Education Equity Gap

August 26, 2021
Parents

Even before COVID, there was a clear disparity in the education children received based on where they lived, their economic status, and the color of their skin. As this equity gap continues to widen, policies are being introduced to level the playing field.

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Educators have a critical role in keeping children safe in schools

August 16, 2021
The Standard

Physical aggression and antisocial behaviour are among the most consistently documented childhood outcomes of physical child abuse.

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Is the Cost of an Elite Preschool Worth It? Experts Weigh In

August 9, 2021
Yahoo! Finance

“Pre-K programs are not all equally effective,” concluded a 2017 study conducted by Brookings and the Duke Center for Child and Family Policy. “Several effectiveness factors may be at work in the most successful programs.”

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Home visits boost health of newborns, mothers

July 30, 2021
NJ Spotlight

New Jersey’s universal, voluntary program — the nation’s second, after Oregon, to be available to new parents regardless of income, insurance coverage or legal status — will offer free home-based wellness checks for mom and baby within two weeks of birth, with two additional visits over three months.

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Duke study highlights the need for in-school reforms to truly integrate schools

July 27, 2021
N.C. Policy Watch

The study examines racial segregation that takes place within North Carolina schools, highlighting the need for more deliberate school-level policies to truly integrate schools.

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Research shows cash programs with no strings attached are better for supporting families

July 22, 2021
The Hechinger Report

Cash transfer programs for families with children can have a profound impact on health and development.

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Child tax credit payments have started. Here’s what you need to know.

July 15, 2021
EdNC

Monthly cash transfers to most families with children 17 years old and younger have begun and will run from July 15 through Dec. 15.

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An ‘Unprecedented Social Policy Experiment’ that May Greatly Help Families

July 15, 2021
Duke Today

Cash transfers to families that start this week have potential to make a big difference in American families’ lives, expert says.

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Monthly child tax credit payments begin, but benefits could be short-lived

July 15, 2021
ABC-7 KATV

The Internal Revenue Service distributed payments to the families of nearly 60 million children Thursday as the federal government launched what advocates say could be the most significant initiative to combat child poverty in decades, but the impact might be short-lived.

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Child Tax Credit Payments Will Start Hitting Accounts on July 15 — What You Need to Know

July 14, 2021
People

According to the IRS, projections say the payments will lift more than 5 million children out of poverty this year, and will cut child poverty by more than half.

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Report: COVID Changes to Nutrition Program Benefit NC Moms, Kids

June 9, 2021
Public News Service

Barriers to accessing a federal nutrition program for moms and babies persist in North Carolina, but new research shows loosening the rules during the pandemic improved participants’ experience.

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