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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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Blog Posts

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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Gennetian Appointed as Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research

April 26, 2022

Lisa A. Gennetian 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 economic research and to disseminating research findings among academics, public policy makers and business professionals.

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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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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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