Child & Family

Closing the private school enrollment gap: Are education vouchers enough?

Variations in parental education and income explain most of the ethnic, racial, and immigrant differences in private school attendance.

Should No Child Left Behind Be Reauthorized? The Impact of Accountability Pressure on Teachers and Students

A recent study in the American Economic Journal is the first to look at the impact of No Child Left Behind incentives on teachers and students nationwide.

If you Give a Kid a Preschool, She’ll Probably Want to Learn: Insights into Head Start

New research based on the Head Start Impact Study helps identify the program characteristics that lead to the greatest student gains.

Sheltered Without Support: Where Do Most Homeless Families End Up?

Mothers of families struggling with homelessness most frequently seek out two main sources of help: doubling up by moving in with friends and family and emergency shelter stays. Both of these options offer an immediate reprieve but may have negative long-term effects.

Buckling Down By Lightening Up: How Humor Can Boost Students’ Persistence

In a randomized experiment, students who watched a funny video persisted with a mentally taxing task twice as long as other students.

Staying Positive: How Middle Schoolers’ Attitudes About Themselves Influence Academic and Emotional Outcomes

For many students, their time spent in middle school is characterized by upheaval and vulnerability. New data, however, suggests that students’ perception of their own intelligence and well-being has a significant impact on their success.

Working for free: A look into the informal elder care sector

A new study uses data from the American Time Use Survey to estimate the shockingly high hidden cost of unpaid elder care in the US.

When One Size Doesn’t Fit All: Differing Outcomes for Foster Children in Group Homes

A study investigates how certain children in the foster care system may respond negatively to placements in group homes.

Live Fast, Die Young, Defend Your Status: The Code of Retaliation

A harsh childhood can lead to a life strategy that condones violence in response to status threats. An economic game shows that such a worldview is linked to heightened envy in unfair situations.

Too Much or Not Enough? Rethinking School Breakfast Programs

Research suggests that school breakfast programs may be falling short of the goal to provide universal access to a nutritional morning meal and may be contributing to unhealthy amounts of food intake.

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