Trend Lines Blog

Welcome to Child Trends’ blog, Trend Lines, where we share key findings from child and youth research and offer insights to inform  policies and programs.

The Other Achievement Gap: Poverty and Academic Success

Writing her first bookThe start of a school year should be a time of exciting new opportunities for all children, and maybe a little sadness that the summer is over. But 1 in 5 children in the United States live in poverty, which makes them likely to start the school year already behind their higher-income peers. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as the “income achievement gap.” Read More

At the Federal Bullying Prevention Summit, Good Data Are Essential

The Department of Education (ED) and the Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention are once again preparing to host their biennial bullying prevention summit, marking 6 years since the first summit in 2010 and 5 years since the White House Conference...

Point Blank: The Public Health Case for Gun-Related Injury Research

Every two weeks, a family loses a child in a tip-over accident involving a television, piece of furniture, or appliance. That’s about 25 children annually. There are an additional 30 child deaths each year from unintentional poisoning and 90 more...

Online Surveys: Can We Trust Their Results?

During this run-up to the presidential election, results from voter surveys (or “polls”) are everywhere you turn. It’s always good practice to read the fine print on the specific method used, though, since it’s very easy to create a survey...

Why social and emotional skill building in early childhood matters

I started my career as a preschool teacher. For 13 years, I helped 3- to 5-year-old children learn how to write their name; count, sort and use other foundational math concepts; manage their toileting and dressing independently; and meet other...

WINGS for Kids Shows the Value of Evaluation

Founded in 1996 in Charleston, S.C., WINGS for Kids (WINGS) helps 5- to 13-year-olds gain the essential skills for a joyful, successful life. Their program promotes responsible behavior, good decision-making, positive relationships, self-confidence, and problem-solving through a comprehensive social and...
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