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.

Is universal pre-K worth the cost?

Girl playing on a swingPublic interest in and funding for public pre-K programs have  significantly risen over the past few decades. In general, pre-K programs serve 4-year-olds the year before they enter kindergarten, and most are targeted toward at-risk children. However, some state and local governments have made public pre-K “universal,” meaning these programs are open to all 4-year-olds. Evaluations of universal pre-K programs in Tulsa (Okla.), Boston, Georgia, and Florida[i] have demonstrated that they increase early academic achievement and, sometimes, social and emotional skills. However, one big question about universal pre-K has not yet been fully answered: do the benefits of these programs outweigh their costs? Read More

Big boys don’t cry: How social norms hurt boys and the rest of us

Men and boys in the U.S. account for 78 percent of all suicides, 80 percent of fatal heroin overdoses, and 98 percent of mass shooters. While suicides, substance use, and mass violence show variation by race/ethnicity, but the dominance of...

Supporting refugee and immigrant children

From the shores of Turkey, to an ambulance in Aleppo, to the Arizona desert, comes photographic evidence of the toll that violence takes on children. Millions—yes, millions—of children worldwide need protection. There are at least 50 million children displaced worldwide....

Measuring the lives of LGBT youth

The last several years have featured many encouraging strides for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people: the nationwide victory for marriage equality, the end of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, supportive policy guidance from the Departments of Education and Justice,...

The Other Achievement Gap: Poverty and Academic Success

The 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...

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...
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