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American Family Policy Is Holding Schools Back

September 28, 2022
The Atlantic

A child’s ability to succeed in the classroom is powerfully influenced by their home environment. Giving parents the support they need could be key to fixing American education.

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How resilience and learning are working hand in hand for our students in districts

September 26, 2022
EdNC

The NC Center for Resilience & Learning is teaching schools and districts how to better help students who have experienced trauma.

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How to Reduce Youth Violence

September 11, 2022
The Hill

We propose an approach that supports children’s mental health and well-being from birth onward that focuses on the important aspects of a child’s life.

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Q&A | Jennifer Lansford, director of Duke’s Center for Child & Family Policy

September 9, 2022
EdNC

EdNC spoke with Lansford about her time at CCFP, her policy goals, and what keeps her up at night.

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Radio Interview with Christina Gibson Davis on Net Worth Poverty

September 7, 2022
WABE

Net Worth Poverty. It’s the other half of the income story that gets overlooked when talking about poverty. Researchers found that family wealth, the value of a family’s assets, such as savings and property, minus debt, is linked to lower cognitive scores and increases in problem and behavior scores in children.

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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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