Child & Family

Common Cents: The Benefits of Expanding Head Start

New research indicates that Head Start offers a substantial benefit for students who are least likely to enroll and yields a significant financial gain for the government.

Messages to Parents Can Help Low-Performing Students

Weekly, direct messages from teachers to parents significantly reduce low-performing students' risk of not earning course credit.

Mindfulness in the Classroom: Meeting Children’s Socioemotional Needs

Evidence suggests that children exposed to social and emotional learning programs with mindfulness practices show significant improvements in executive functions, well-being, social behavior, and academic performance.

A Better Old Age: How Income Can Improve Later-Life Mental Health

Researchers show that an increase in Social Security income can significantly improve the elderly’s cognitive functions.

Testing the Impact of Non-cognitive Skills on Children’s Future Success

By studying the impact of the introduction of a universal child care program in Quebec, Baker et al. argue that shocks to the development of children’s non-cognitive skills lead to worse health, higher crime rates, and lower life satisfaction in the long run.

ABC, It’s as Easy as 1 2 3: Parents as Early Teachers

New research shows that parental incentives for child development can yield large gains in both cognitive and non-cognitive domains for young children.

The Nip and Tuck of the Illinois Budget: Cuts to Children and Families

Budget cuts to the Child Care Assistance Program continue to wreak havoc on the children and families of Illinois.

Mommy and Me: The Impact of Paid Family Leave on Breastfeeding

Researchers examine the impact of a new paid family leave policy in California on rates of breastfeeding.

Stuck in the System: Which Youths Are Most Likely to Be Rearrested as Adults?

A current study explores the likelihood that juveniles in the criminal justice system will be rearrested as adults. Researchers find that variables influencing these outcomes differ across gender.

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