Recent News Releases

Early Childhood Spending Benefits Don’t Fade Away, N.C. Study Finds

Photo of children sitting in a circle in a classroom setting November 17, 2016

North Carolina’s investment in early child care and education programs resulted in higher test scores, less grade retention and fewer special education placements through fifth grade, a study from the Center finds. The researchers found the programs’ benefits did not fade with time, as in some early childhood intervention programs. Instead, the positive effects grew or held steady over the years.

One State’s Temporary Gun Removal Law Shows Promise in Preventing Suicides

November 17, 2016

A Connecticut law enacted in 1999 to allow police to temporarily remove guns from potentially violent or suicidal people likely prevented dozens of suicides, according to a study led by Faculty Fellow Jeffrey Swanson. Researchers found in their review of 762 gun-removal cases that for every 10 to 20 instances of temporary gun seizures, one suicide was prevented.

Is Shotgun Marriage Dead?

Photo of the question "Marry Me?" written in the sand November 1, 2016

Shotgun marriages have faded in popularity overall, but are on the rise among some groups, says new research from the Center. Against the backdrop of an overall decline in marriages, shotgun marriages have actually risen among certain groups of women, including young mothers and those with less education, according to the research.

Why Funding for Anti-Bullying Efforts Is Needed

Teen sitting in alley, head on crossed arms propped on knees October 26, 2016

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton proposed a federal initiative to combat bullying if she were elected president. Faculty Fellow William Copeland, an expert on bullying, says such funding is sorely needed. “Bullying is a public health tragedy that is too often ignored or merely given lip service,” he says.

News Tip: Research-Based Advice for the New School Year

School Buses Dean Hochman@flickr August 15, 2016

Experts from Duke University and the Center for Child and Family Policy share back-to-school advice for parents on bullying, homework, absenteeism and helping English language learners navigate the start of school.

Does Having Married Parents Lead to School Success?

July 21, 2016

Center researchers have been awarded a $230,000 grant from the William T. Grant Foundation to study whether being born to married parents leads to improved academic achievement and school behavior among black children.