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Budget cuts, layoffs possible at schools across the country as ESSER funding and enrollment dwindle

May 20, 2024
Scripps News

Congress passed more than $190 billion in aid for schools in 2020 and 2021, called the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund. However, states must use the funds by September 2024.

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Students missing school can have a snowball effect

May 16, 2024
NewsNation

Chronic student absenteeism has grown at an alarming rate since the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts, including Katie Rosanbalm, explain why it is becoming even more problematic for public schools across the country.

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Florida Map Reveals Areas With Most High School Dropouts

May 7, 2024
Newsweek

Jennifer Lansford told Newsweek in a previous interview that students who end up dropping out of high school could face adverse ramifications well into adulthood, pointing to her research.

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California Map Reveals Areas With Most High School Dropouts

April 25, 2024
Newsweek

A map shows which counties in California have the highest percentage of high school dropouts. To determine which counties had the highest percentage of dropouts, Newsweek analyzed the latest data from the U.S. Census Bureau, which tracked the number of residents 25 and over with at least a high school diploma.

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Childcare crisis impacting even more parents across the country

April 23, 2024
KATV

America’s childcare crisis is taking another turn for the worse, now impacting a new group of parents. The employment gap between those who have a four-year college degree and those who don’t is growing, impacting how parents seek childcare.

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Blog Posts

Student Reflections on School Research Partnership Dinner 2024

May 14, 2024

On April 18, CCFP hosted the School Research Partnership’s annual dinner, themed Early Care & Education in North Carolina: Pressing Challenges and Future Directions in the Aftermath of COVID-19. Students shared reflections on their experience showcasing their research, engaging with community and school leaders, and hearing from panelists.

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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 (PAC).   Read more.

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News Releases

Bipartisan Group Offers Policy Plan for Rebalancing National Investments Toward Children

February 8, 2022
News Release

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

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Heightened Immigration Enforcement Has Troubling Impact on Babies

February 3, 2021
News Release

Harsher immigration law enforcement by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement leads to decreased use of prenatal care for immigrant mothers and declines in birth weight, according to new Duke University research.

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A Third of U.S. Families Face a Different Kind of Poverty

January 6, 2021
News Release

DURHAM, N.C. – Before the pandemic, one-third of U.S. households with children were already “net worth poor,” lacking enough financial resources to sustain their families for three months at a poverty level, finds new research from Duke University. In 2019, 57 percent of Black families and 50 percent of Latino families with children were poor…

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A Simple Enrollment Change Yields Big Dividends in Children’s Early Learning Program

October 6, 2020
News Release

Duke study shows automatic enrollment, paired with option to opt-out, is highly effective at boosting parents’ participation.

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For Vulnerable Families, Pandemic’s Effect on Mental Health is Swift and Harsh

September 2, 2020
News Release

DURHAM, N.C. – In just a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic swiftly and substantially worsened mental health among U.S. hourly service workers and their children – especially those experiencing multiple hardships, according to new research from the Center for Child and Family Policy at Duke University and Barnard College. The study leverages real-time, daily survey data collected…

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