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Child Trends investigates family relationships that influence a child’s development from birth through the transition to adulthood. We look at all family and household structures from children living with two parents, single parents, extended family members, and with foster and adoptive parents. We also study the role of fathers in children’s development and ways to improve father engagement among diverse groups of fathers. We offer expertise in quantitative and qualitative research, program evaluation, policy design, and technical assistance.

Featured Publications

Connecting the Dots: Raising A Reader Builds Evidence Base for its Parent Engagement and Early Literacy Program

Nov 2014 | Karen Walker; Rachel Gooze; Alicia Torres

This brief examines the case of Raising A Reader (RAR), which has been steadily building its evidence base over many years and is now positioned to undertake such a comprehensive evaluation. RAR is a national nonprofit literacy organization which, through work with direct service agencies, helps develop sustainable home literacy routines essential to language and literacy development. The brief first summarizes the research base for family literacy programs and the emerging evidence base for RAR. It then describes the RAR program and how it uses a variety of data to regularly improve its program, inform programming integrity, and prepare for a randomized controlled trial. In closing, the brief addresses the lessons for the broader field.

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Do Parents Feel More Aggravated These Days? Parental Aggravation in the U.S., 1997-2012

Mar 2014 | David Murphey; Tawana Bandy; Kristin Moore; P. Mae Cooper

In this research brief, Child Trends examines data on parental aggravation collected from two nationally representative surveys: the National Survey of America’s Families (NSAF), fielded in 1997, 1999, and 2002; and the National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH), fielded in 2003, 2007, and 2011/12. Researchers are able to examine national trends and trends for 13 states over a 15-year period, and trends for 38 states (including the District of Columbia) over a nine-year period.

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What Works for Disadvantaged and Adolescent Parent Programs: Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Social Programs and Interventions for Children

Aug 2012 | A. Chrisler; K.A. Moore

This Fact Sheet reviews 20 parenting programs that are geared toward enhancing the parent's development and/or educating diadvantaged and teenage mothers on effective parenting methods.

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The Characteristics and Circumstances of Teen Fathers: At the Birth of Their First Child and Beyond

Jun 2012 | Mindy E. Scott; Jennifer Manlove; Nicole R. Steward-Streng; Kristin A. Moore

Research and policy in the United States have focused much more on teen mothers than on teen fathers.

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