Child Trends

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Child Trends is a nonprofit, nonpartisan research center based in Bethesda, Maryland. It studies children at all stages of development and aims to improve outcomes for children by providing research, data, and analysis to the people and institutions whose decisions and actions affect children, including program providers, the policy community, researchers and educators, and the media. Founded in 1979, Child Trends helps keep the nation focused on children and their needs by identifying emerging issues; evaluating important programs and policies; and providing data-driven, evidence-based guidance on policy and practice.[1] The organization is funded through grants and contracts from foundations, federal and state agencies, and other organizations. In June 2014, Child Trends launched the Child Trends Hispanic Institute.


Child Trends researches:

Child Poverty: the effects of poverty on children’s development and policies aimed at improving the lives of families living in poverty

Child Welfare: policies and programs that affect children in and aging out of foster care, adoption, and kinship care. Child Trends publishes bi-annual reports on state and federal funding on child welfare, and reports on the prevalence of adverse childhood experiences by state.

Early Childhood Development/School Readiness: children’s development from birth through early elementary school. Child Trends has conducted evaluation studies of Quality Rating Improvement Systems in such states as Georgia and Minnesota.

Education: children's academic achievement (K-12) and behavior in school and how families, communities, and schools help support children.

Evaluations: Child Trends designs and conducts evaluations of child development and well-being

Fatherhood & Parenting: the effects of parental involvement and interaction on children and adolescents

Health: the physical and socio-emotional health of children and teens

Indicators of Child Well-being: the use of trends information from infancy through early adulthood

Marriage & Family: sexual behavior, contraception, pregnancy, and childbearing among married and unmarried people

Teen Sex & Pregnancy: factors associated with risky adolescent sexual behavior and teenage pregnancy

Youth Development: research and evaluation of out-of-school time programs

Children of Immigrants: factors affecting children of immigrants and ways in which policy makers and program providers can best serve this growing group (currently 20 percent of America's child population)

The Child Trends DataBank is an online resource for the latest national trends and research on over 120 key indicators of child and youth well-being.

Child Trends' What Works is a collection of more than 700 experimental evaluations of social interventions that assess child outcomes. Each evaluation is described. Also, syntheses describe characteristics of effective approaches. Also, several charts show programs with substantial impacts.


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