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 School Year Is Over, But Food Insecurity Continues for Children and Families

Smiling public school girl eating healthy vegetable lunchSchool is out for the summer, and while that means fun and vacation for some families, for others it can mean losing access to important sources of nutrition. Programs like the Summer Food Service Program and the Seamless Summer Option operate during the summer to address the gap in free and reduced-price meals that some children face, but they typically serve fewer children than the National School Lunch Program does during the traditional academic year. Read More

Summer Learning Is Every Child’s Right

Summer is here! I began planning my 8-year-old daughter’s summer break back in February, to ensure that she attends a camp that offers fun and educational activities. I am so glad and relieved that her summer will be full of...

Ten Summer Child Safety Tips

It’s that time again, time for the release of everyone’s summer safety tips. Here at Child Trends, our safety tips are based on—what else?—data! First, your suspicion is correct: June, July, and August are more dangerous for children than other...

Reducing Disparities in Early Care and Education and School Readiness

A high proportion of Hispanic children are entering school without the school readiness skills they need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Compared to children of other races and ethnicities, Hispanic children at age four have the lowest vocabulary, literacy,...

Collective Impact: We Can’t Take It for Granted

Collaboration is one of those ideas whose value seems obvious, but is notoriously difficult to pin down . Many significant social problems that plague children and families—violence, lack of economic opportunity, poor school achievement, unhealthy water and air, substance abuse,...

Why Normalcy is Important for Youth in Foster Care

I entered foster care in Los Angeles when I was five years old. I spent the majority of my time in care with a foster parent whose adopted daughter was like a little sister to me. In the five years...

Support for Foster Parents Means Better Lives for Foster Youth

Imagine you are a child who has just been removed from your home and placed in foster care. While waiting to return to your family or move into a permanent home, there’s a good chance you will move around a...
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